10 Gorgeous Yellow Birds in Illinois (Summer & Winter)

Yellow Birds in Illinois

Finding yellow birds in Illinois is quite easy. There are a number of yellow bird species that can be found during summer and winter in Illinois.

I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 yellow birds in Illinois. I’ve also covered how you can attract them to your yard and where you can find them.

Yellow Birds in Illinois

  1. American Goldfinch 
  2. Common Yellowthroat 
  3. Baltimore Oriole Female
  4. Yellow Warbler 
  5. Great Crested Flycatcher 
  6. Cedar Waxwing
  7. American redstart female 
  8. Eastern Meadowlark 
  9. Yellow-rumped Warbler 
  10. Palm Warbler 

American Goldfinch 

The first one on my list is an American Goldfinch. The black-throated goldfinch, sometimes known as the American goldfinch, is a lovely little bird.

Each year, they’ve been known to travel considerable distances, with some travelling as far north as southern Mexico and as far south as the eastern side of the Canadian border. 

  • To name a few habitats, they prefer marshes, backyards, meadows, woodlands, brushlands, fields, hedgerows, tall grasses, and oaks. Spruce and oak trees, as well as creeks, rivers, and streams, are ideal habitats for them.
  • To attract American Goldfinches you can plant milkweed and thistles in your backyard. Nyjer and Sunflower seed are their favourite foods, and they are drawn to most bird feeders.

Common Yellowthroat 

Yellowthroats are little songbirds with bright yellow undersides and brownish backs. The faces of the males are hidden under black masks.

The intensity of the yellow varies depending on where it is found, with some parts beneath the surface seeming more olive than others.

You can easily find them in marshy or wetland areas, brushy fields, and thick, tangled vegetation throughout much of North America in the spring and summer. They are insectivorous and live in large, densely forested backyards.

Baltimore Oriole Female

Female Baltimore Orioles are yellowish below and on the head, greyish-brown on the wings, and brownish-yellow on the backs. Adult males have brilliant orange and black wings with white wing bands.

  • Baltimore Orioles can be seen foraging for insects and fruit in open woods, riverbanks, and forest margins, and they frequently visit parks and backyards. Fruit and insects make up their food.
  • Attract Them: Cut oranges in halves and place them on a platform feeder or hang them from trees to attract more Baltimore Orioles to your yard. Oriole feeders with sugar water are also available, you can also use them.

Yellow Warbler 

Yellow Warblers are bright yellow birds with a yellow-green back and chestnut stripes on the breast that can be found in abundance during the summer in Illinois.

  • Yellow Warblers can be found in thickets and along the edges of fields preying on insects such as caterpillars, midges, beetles, bugs, and wasps near streams and wetlands.
  • Attract Them: Warblers are tough to attract to your yard since they are shy and eat insects. Suet, oranges, and peanut butter, as well as berries and natural plants that attract insects, can be used to attract Yellow Warblers.

Great Crested Flycatcher 


The Great Crested Flycatchers have a brown back, a yellow belly, and a grey neck. The wing and tail feathers exhibit crimson flashes.

The crest is not visible. They hang high in the trees, waiting for huge flying insects such as butterflies, grasshoppers, moths, wasps, and spiders. 

  • Where To Find Them: They can be found in mixed forests, clearings, parks, tree-lined neighbourhoods, and perched on fence posts or other man-made structures. They prefer to eat tiny fruits and berries as well.
  • Attract Them: Grow native plants and leave brush piles to attract insects to attract more Great Crested Flycatchers to your garden. You can also grow berry-producing plants and build a nest box, since they will quickly take up home in it.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwings are attractive sociable birds with pale brown heads, chests, and crests that fade to grey on the back, wings, and tail. Their belly is pale yellow, with a brilliant yellow tip.

They wear a thin black mask over their eyes and have brilliant red wingtips. They have a high-pitched cry and live in berry bushes, forests, and streams.

  • Attract Them: Grow trees and shrubs bearing tiny fruit, such as serviceberry, dogwood, juniper, winterberry, and hawthorn, to attract Cedar Waxwings to your yard. You can also experiment with fruit on platform feeders.

American Redstart female 

Female American Redstarts have olive-grey sides, wings, and tails with vivid yellow spots. Male American Redstarts have a white lower belly and are black and brilliant orange in colour.

  • Attract Them: They can be observed eating insects in deciduous forests, as well as berries like serviceberry and magnolia in backyards and thickets.

Eastern Meadowlark 

Eastern Meadowlark is a medium-sized songbird with brilliant yellow undersides and a pale brown back with black markings. A prominent black ring runs over their breast.

They can be seen throughout the year in eastern US states, although they will nest in the northeast and into Canada before migrating south.

  • Where To Find Them: They consume insects and may be found in meadows and plains. In the winter, they congregate in big flocks in fields in search of seeds.

Yellow-rumped Warbler 

yellow rumped warbler

Winter is spent by the yellow-rumped warbler in southern treetops and weedy habitats.

The breeding plumage is blue-grey on top with black flanks and breast, yellow on the rump, and yellow on the sides in the spring. In the winter, both species have grey-brown tops and creamy cream bottoms.

  • Where To Find Them: They can be found in coniferous or mixed forests in the western Alps during the breeding season. In the winter, open areas with fruiting shrubs and scattered trees. 
  • Attract Them: Yellow-rumped Warblers can be attracted to your yard using sunflower seeds, suet, raisins, and peanut butter.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

The palm warbler has a rusty red patch on the top of its head, and the rest of its body is browny-olive with yellow on the breast and abdomen.

  • Where To Find Them: The ideal times to look for them are in weedy fields, woodland borders, and scrubby regions in the spring and fall. They are frequently seen hunting for insects along the ground alongside other birds such as Sparrows, Juncos, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
  • Attract Them: Grow native plants that attract insects, as well as bayberry or hawthorn for their berries, to attract more Palm Warblers to your yard.

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