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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds with Yellow Plumage

Bird plumage assists birds with more than just flight; colour is often used as a signal of quality, and readiness to mate in the breeding season. Yellow feathers get their colour from carotenoid pigments which birds obtain by eating plants, or by eating organisms that eat plants. Interestingly; carotenoids will also produce red feathers when...

Bird plumage assists birds with more than just flight; colour is often used as a signal of quality, and readiness to mate in the breeding season. Yellow feathers get their colour from carotenoid pigments which birds obtain by eating plants, or by eating organisms that eat plants. Interestingly; carotenoids will also produce red feathers when worked on by the enzyme ketolase.

We would like to thank all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with yellow plumage, your pictures can bring awareness to the variety birds that have this colour. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds with yellow plumage.


Citrine wagtail males have yellow breeding plumage on their underparts and entire head (Shivayogi Kanthi)
Baya weavers are known for their amazing nest weaving skills; their hanging retort-shaped nests have a central nesting chamber and a long tube that leads to a side entrance of the chamber (Indranil Bhattacharjee)
Yellow-browed bulbuls gaze from their perch, these birds feed on berries and insects (Gowrishankar Muddalingachar‎)
Yellow-bellied prinia calling, this is a forest bird of southern India and Sri Lanka (Gagan Bedi)
close up of a coppersmith barbet which likely got its name from the sound of its call; like a coppersmith hitting metal wth a hammer (Subham Chowdhury)
Greater yellownape woodpeckers are found in East Asia, males have a yellow chin while females have more rufous underparts (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)
Great hornbills are found in India and Southeast Asia, like all hornbills the female of this species will enter a tree hole when she’s ready to lay eggs, both sexes then work to wall the female in the hole with mud and dung, leaving only a small opening for food (Soumendu Das)
A flame-throated bulbul photographed near the western Ghats where it lives in forests (Ramesh Aithal)
Found in tropical Asia, grey-headed canary flycatcher males and females have the same plumage (Pradnya Paralkar)
A Female plum-headed parakeet feeding, males have purple heads. In parrots the yellow of feathers comes from a pigment they produce without needing to ingest plants; the pigment is called psittacofulvin (Bhargavi Upadhya)
A groups of silver-eared mesias photographed in Fraser Hills of Malaysia by Sammil Kafoor
Oriental white-eyes are omnivorous; they feed on both vegetable matter and insects, photographed here in Bhopal, India (Goutam Mitra)
This orange-breasted trogon was photographed in Thailand, they inhabit subtropical, tropical, and moist lowland forests (Ananth Ramasamy)
These muscovy ducklings, in Florida, USA, will eventually grow out of their yellow plumage into their black and white adult plumage (Jola Charlton)
Yellow-crowned woodpeckers are found in India and feed on bark dwelling insects, fruits, and nectar (Soumendu Das)
Red-billed lieothrix is a colourful bird found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma, and Tibet, females of this species are duller than males (Ajay Singh Rajawat)
Sooty-capped bush-tanagers are endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama (Anne Harlan)
Green bee-eaters feed on bees, wasps, and ants, and are found in Africa and Asia (Vishesh Kamboj)
Bokmakierie shrikes are endemic to South Africa and Namibia, they feed on insects, small lizards and snakes, birds, and frogs (John Vosloo)
Black-lored tits are common in open tropical forests, males have brighter plumage than the females and young (Gaurav Budhiraja)
Himalayan bulbuls are found in forests and shrubland, sexes have similar plumage (Sanjeev Nijhawan)
Common ioras found in India, have acrobatic courtship displays performed by the male; he will fly up into the air from a perch, fluff his feathers, then land again on the perch before spreading his tail and drooping his wings (Sharit Shekhar Barman)
A pair of black-rumped flameback woodpeckers in Thettakad, India, they are one of the few woodpecker species seen in urban areas (Senthil Kumar Damodaran)
This grey-hooded warbler feeds on insects and small spiders, photographed here in Pradesh, India (Rick Toor)
Green-backed tits inhabit boreal, temperate, subtropical, and moist lowland forests (Radhakrishnan Sadasivam)

Our mission is to build a global community around the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon. They are the music, decoration, and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of the awesome power of nature. The wide availability of good, cheap optics has opened their world to us for the last few decades. Amazing, affordable DSLR cameras with long lenses are delivering brilliant digital bird imagery to online communities.

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Edited by Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager


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