Yellow Birds in Calgary

We’ve been getting a lot of queries about yellow birds in our fair city, so we thought we would introduce you to some of them.

There are many species of small birds with some yellow on them, but these three are the brightest, and the yellowist!

Male American Goldfinch

Male American Goldfinch

Goldfinches (5 inches) are generally found at backyard niger seed feeders in the city. Females are a duller yellow and do not have the black cap.

Yellow warbler

Male Yellow Warbler

Yellow warblers (5 inches) can be found in shrubby areas with lots of cover. Females do not have the dark streaking on the breast.

Male Western Tanager

Male Western Tanager

Western Tanagers (7 inches) prefer coniferous habitats. The bright red head of the males fades to yellow outside the breeding season.

4 thoughts on “Yellow Birds in Calgary

  1. There were more Goldfinches and Western Tanagers than usual during the spring migration this year. One Calgary Field Naturalist’s Society outing in Bowmont Park in May reported 25 Tanagers!

  2. We spotted two yellow birds in our neighbours back yard in Scenic Acres NW – feeding on a seed feeder. One was pure yellow and the other had orange under the wings and breat

  3. I was surprised to see one yellow bird in our backyard, and thanks on your website, and I recognized what I saw was a goldfinch.

  4. Thanks so much — because of your picture, I know what I saw in my Dalhousie backyard water feature this morning: a male western tanager!

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