Rare yellow cardinal

Published On March 7, 2018 | By Dave Palmer | Blogs, Mornings

An extremely rare cardinal has birders and biologists flocking to Shelby County, Alabama, as images of a yellow cardinal have circulated around social media.

Auburn University biology professor Geoffrey Hill said the cardinal in the photos is an adult male in the same species as the common red cardinal, but carries a genetic mutation that causes what would normally be brilliant red feathers to be bright yellow instead.

 

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