Both sexes of Northern Cardinal have bright orange (not yellow!) bills, but while the bill blends in with the bright males, it stands out like Rudolph’s nose on the female. When you see that bright orange honker on a brown bird, you know instantly what you’ve got.
Adult male northern cardinals feature the distinctive plumage, orange beaks, and black masks and beards around the face that most people associate with the species.
Adult/immature. Wood Thrushes are smaller, with a shorter bill and tail than Brown Thrashers. Wood Thrushes have spotted underparts instead of streaked underparts and plain, unbarred wings.
Birds With Orange Beak- Toco toucan. Toco toucan also known as common toucan or giant toucan is one of the most popular birds with orange beaks.
American Goldfinch. The American goldfinch is a small migratory bird with a small head, long wings, and a short, notched tail. Male and female American goldfinches have a colorful carotenoid-based orange bill during the breeding season; the bill serves as an indicator of the overall health of the bird.
Female cardinal. Photo by Cheryl Anne. Northern cardinals are medium-sized bright red birds about 8 1/2″ long with a black mask, red crown, orange beak, and black areas on wings and tail. The female also has an orange beak but is buff-brown with a tan crown + a tinge of red, red spots on the wings & tail.
Both male and female American goldfinches have a colorful carotenoid based orange bill during the breeding season. As it turns out, bill color functions as a signal of status between females of a population.
Male and female cardinals also have different colors in their beaks as males have red beaks and females have orange beaks.
Adult male Summer Tanagers are entirely bright red. Females and immature males are bright yellow-green—yellower on the head and underparts and slightly greener on the back and wings. The bill is pale. Molting immature males can be patchy yellow and red.
Major Distinguishing Features
|Scarlet Tanager||Small||Tan & Pointed|
|Summer Tanager||Small||Long & Tan|
|Tufted Titmouse||Medium||Gray & pointed|
|Vermilion Flycatcher||Small||Black & pointed|
WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE. Male and female brown thrashers look alike. Their heads, bodies, and tails are a brownish, rust color. Their bellies are white with black, teardrop-shaped markings.
Brown Thrashers are foxy brown birds with heavy, dark streaking on their whitish underparts. The face is gray-brown and the wings show two black-and-white wingbars. They have bright-yellow eyes. Brown Thrashers skulk in shrubby tangles or forage on the ground below dense cover.
The 5 most likely little brown birds at your feeder will probably be House Sparrows, female House Finches, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, and female Red-winged Blackbirds. Learn to identify these first.
Cardinals exist in red, yellow, white, and golden/brown colors. Many people believe that they have sighted a blue cardinal however, they do not exist. The primary color that cardinals can be found in include red for male cardinals and grey-brown for female cardinals.
Common short-tailed pet finch species include black, white and gray zebras; multi-colored Gouldians; and hybrid, black, brown and white society finches. Zebra finches have pointed, orange beaks, brighter in color in males. Gouldian finches have light-colored beaks, while the beak of the society finch is a darker shade.
Indeed they are corvids though they’re not in the Corvus genus. Red-billed choughs (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) or simply “choughs” (pronounced “shuff“) are native to Europe, Asia and north Africa. Steve Valasek photographed the two at top in Ireland. Here’s one at Skokholm Island, UK.
The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is one of the most familiar red songbirds in North America, so familiar that it has been honored as the state bird of seven states. Male northern cardinals are brilliantly red all over with a contrasting black facial mask, and even the bill is red.
Adult male American Redstarts are mostly black with bright orange patches on the sides, wings, and tail. The belly is white. Females and immature males replace the orange with yellow or yellow-orange.
The mostly dark gray body of the common gallinule (formerly called the common moorhen) only makes its bright red forehead and beak stand out even more. They are freshwater birds and often swim like ducks.
Cardinals are dichromatic. What is this? The male and female cardinals are the same size (7.5 – 8.5” long) and weight (1.4 – 1.8 oz). Both genders have orange beaks, dark brown eyes, and dark flesh-colored legs and feet.
Females and young Cassin’s Finches are brown and white birds with dark streaks on the chest and underparts.