Common Birds: Yellow Birds

American Goldfinch:  5" in size.  The Goldfinch is a small, yellowish bird.  In the summer, the male is bright yellow, with a black cap and black wings.  The female is olive-yellow, with black wings.  In the winter, the male Goldfinch's color fades and he looks very similar to the female.

Food:  Weed seeds and tree seeds are the favorite food of Goldfinches.  At the feeder, Goldfinches prefer thistle seed (nyger) and hulled sunflower seeds.

Range:  Goldfinches are year-round residents of most of the United States. 

More infoAmerican Goldfinch at Cornell Lab of Ornithology.



Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak:  8" in size.  A large, yellow bird with black wings.  Named for its large,conical bill.  The male Evening Grosbeak has a dark head, with yellow on its forehead and over its eyes.  The female is grayish-tan in color, with black wings. 

Food:  Evening Grosbeaks prefer tree seeds - especially box elder.  At bird feeders, the Evening Grosbeak will eat sunflower seeds.

Range:  The Evening Grosbeak breeds in the West and Canada.  In the Winter, they come down across the Eastern and Southern United States.

More infoEvening Grosbeak at Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


See common birds of other colors

Goldfinches in flight
Three american goldfinches take flight from a feeder