13 Species Of Yellow Birds in Michigan: You Must Know About

Yellow Birds in Michigan

Yellow Birds in Michigan

  1. American Goldfinch
  2. Yellow Warbler
  3. Common Yellowthroat
  4. American Redstart Female
  5. Great Crested Flycatcher
  6. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  7. Cedar Waxwing
  8. Baltimore Oriole Female
  9. Nashville Warbler
  10. Black-throated Green Warbler
  11. Scarlet Tanager female
  12. Palm Warbler
  13. Magnolia Warbler

American Goldfinch

The goldfinch, sometimes known as the wild canary, is a charming little bird. They have been known to travel long distances each year, with some going as far north as southern Mexico and as far south as the eastern side of the Canadian border.

They prefer marshes, backyards, meadows, forests, brushlands, fields, hedgerows, long grasses, and oaks, to name a few habitats. Spruce and oak trees, as well as creeks, rivers, and streams, are preferred habitats.

If you want to attract American Goldfinches to your backyard then grow thistles and milkweed in your yard. They are lured to the majority of bird feeders and feed on sunflower and Nyjer seed.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warblers are brilliant yellow summer birds with a yellow-green back and chestnut streaks on the breast.

Yellow Warblers can be seen in thickets and along field boundaries near streams and wetlands, hunting insects such as caterpillars, midges, beetles, bugs, and wasps. 

Warblers are difficult to lure to your yard since they are timid and consume insects.

Yellow Warblers may be attracted using suet, oranges, and peanut butter, as well as berries and natural plants that attract insects.

Common Yellowthroat

Yellowthroats are little songbirds that have brownish backs and bright yellow undersides. The men’s faces are hidden under black masks.

The intensity of the yellow varies according to location, with some places under the surface seeming more olive than others.

During the spring and summer, they may be found in marshy or wetland habitats, brushy fields, and thick, tangled vegetation over most of North America. They eat insects and live in large, thickly wooded backyards.

American Redstart Female

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

They have a large breeding range that stretches from eastern US states and Canada to western US states and Canada. They can also be found in central states during migration.

They can be observed eating insects in deciduous forests as well as berries such as serviceberry and magnolia in backyards and thickets.

Great Crested Flycatcher


The back of a flycatcher is brown, with a yellow belly and grey neck. The wing and tail feathers exhibit crimson flashes. The crest isn’t really noticeable.

They sit high in the trees, waiting for huge insects such as butterflies, grasshoppers, moths, wasps, and spiders to fly by.

They can be found in mixed forests, clearings, parks, and tree-lined neighborhoods, as well as perched on fenceposts and other man-made structures. They’ll eat berries and tiny fruit as well.

Grow native plants and leave brush piles to attract insects to your yard to attract more Great Crested Flycatchers. 

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

yellow rumped warbler

The yellow-rumped warbler spends the winter on southern treetops and weedy habitats.

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

During the nesting season, they can be found in coniferous or mixed woods in the western Alps. Open regions with fruiting shrubs and scattered trees in the winter. 

To attract warblers to your yard, try using sunflower seeds, suet, raisins, or peanut butter.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwings are graceful 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 breed in Canada before migrating to the southern United States for the winter. Cedar Waxwings spend the entire year in the northern United States.

They have a high-pitched cry and live in berry bushes, forests, and beside streams.

You can plant natural trees and shrubs with tiny fruit, such as serviceberry, dogwood, juniper, winterberry, and hawthorn, to attract Cedar Waxwings to your yard. You may also experiment with fruit on platform feeders.

Baltimore Oriole Female

Female Baltimore Orioles have a yellowish underbelly and head, grayish-brown wings, and brownish-yellow backs. Adult males have white wing bands and vivid orange and black wings.

In open forests, riverbanks, and forest borders, Baltimore Orioles can be observed foraging for insects and fruit, and they regularly visit parks and backyards.

Their diet consists of fruit and insects. To attract more Baltimore Orioles to your yard, cut oranges in half and hang them from trees on a platform feeder. 

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warblers are mostly yellow, with a greenback and grey head.

Breeding throughout the northern United States and Canada, with a small population in the northwest and into British Columbia. They can also be seen during migration in most states.

In scrubby areas and low deciduous woodlands, they can be spotted looking for insects.

Black-Throated Green Warbler

A little yellow songbird with an olive-yellow back, yellow face, and yellow head. They feature black striping on the sides and wings and are pale below.

Their black neck distinguishes them from other little yellow birds that feed on insects up in the trees.

During their long migration across the Eastern United States and into Canada, where they breed, Black-throated Green Warblers are most apparent.

Scarlet Tanager female

Scarlet Tanagers are distinguished by their bright red plumage, black wings, and black tails.

Females’ wings and tails are darker than males’. Scarlet Tanagers can be difficult to spot since they like to stay high in the forest canopy.

To attract more Scarlet Tanagers, grow berry plants such as blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, juneberries, serviceberries, mulberries, strawberries, and chokeberries.

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.

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.

Grow native plants that attract insects, as well as bayberry or hawthorn for their berries, to attract more Palm Warblers to your yard.

Magnolia Warbler

They are less colorful than some of the other warblers on the list, but they are more common on low branches, making them easier to see during migration.

Male Magnolia Warblers have a yellow underside and a black back. A ‘necklace’ on their necks has black lines flowing down their tummies. Females have a grayer back and lack distinctive stomach striping.

They travel throughout Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, during the winter months.

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