Watch: Extremely Rare Yellow Cardinal Spotted in the South

Posted by Christy Caplan
Yellow Cardinal Rare Sighting
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National Geographic calls this the one-in-a-million bird and is turning up in the south. As you can see in the images, the vibrant color of the bird is stunning.

Actually, not many people (only less than a handful over the past few years) have ever seen the rare Yellow Morph Northern Cardinal so when there is a sighting it makes headlines!

Jimmy Tucker with Jtucker Photography captured stunning images of this rare bird. For Tucker, he didn't mind waiting four-and-a-half hours on someone's porch for a glimpse of a one-in-a-million yellow cardinal

Had an awesome opportunity this week to go see a Yellow Morph Northern Cardinal. National Geographic calls this a one in...

Posted by JTucker Photography on Thursday, May 2, 2019

Researchers say the bird has a rare genetic mutation. Yellow Cardinal's are missing a usual enzyme that converts the yellow pigments in food they eat to red pigments.

Southern Living tells us, 

"The birding world's newest celebrity, a male cardinal named Yellow Saffron by the owner of the Kingston, Tennessee, home whose yard he likes to frequent, is one of just a handful of xanthochromic Northern Cardinals identified in the United States. Fortunately for us, Yellow Saffron appears fond of his rural Tennessee stomping grounds."

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Experts also told Southern Living, 

"I would estimate that in any given year there are two or three yellow cardinals at backyard feeding stations somewhere in the U.S. or Canada," Auburn University biology professor Geoffrey Hill explained to AL.com last year. "There are probably a million bird feeding stations in that area so very, very roughly, yellow cardinals are a one in a million mutation."

Have you ever seen a yellow cardinal or how often do you see red cardinals in your yard? Please leave us a comment below!

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Watch: Extremely Rare Yellow Cardinal Spotted in the South