Adult male Northern Cardinals have the familiar red plumage that most people identify with the species, an orange beak, and the black mask and ‘beard’ around the face.
Bullock’s Oriole This species of oriole has been noted to be common throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of southern California. This bird is known for its beautiful orange coloration on the head, chest, and belly with black wings and markings around its eyes.
Baltimore Oriole This stunning black-and-orange bird is found throughout the Midwestern and Eastern U.S. It is very similar in appearance to its Western cousin, the Bullock’s oriole.
This stunning black-and-orange bird is found throughout the Midwestern and Eastern U.S. It is very similar in appearance to its Western cousin, the Bullock’s oriole.
The Alpine chough (/ˈtʃʌf/), or yellow-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) is a bird in the crow family, one of only two species in the genus Pyrrhocorax.
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.
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.
Male and female cardinals also have different colors in their beaks as males have red beaks and females have orange beaks. The red coloration that males develop in their plumage is a result of carotenoids in their feather structure, and they ingest those carotenoids in their diet.
Owl feathers are soft allowing air to flow over nearly soundlessly. Hawks, comparatively, are soft to the touch and have “puffy” feathers that make them look much larger than their body.
Adult males are flame-orange and black, with a solid-black head and one white bar on their black wings. Females and immature males are yellow-orange on the breast, grayish on the head and back, with two bold white wing bars.
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.
Ravens Don’t Have Yellow Beaks
Birds like the Alpine chough (yellow beak) and the red-billed chough (red beak) are not really “ravens and crows”, but part of the wider crow family.
Ravens differ from crows in appearance by their larger bill, tail shape, flight pattern and by their large size. Ravens are as big as Red-tailed Hawks, and crows are about the size of pigeons. The raven is all black, has a 3.5-4 ft wingspan and is around 24-27 inches from head to tail.
Raven (Corvus corax)
They have thick necks with shaggy throat feathers and a thick, black bill.
Finches have smaller, more delicate bills that are more sharply pointed. Sparrows generally have longer tails that they are more apt to actively flash, wag, or wave. Finches have shorter tails that are generally narrower, and they do not flash their tails as frequently.
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.
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Large tern with pointed wings, a long forked tail, and a bright orange bill.
The white plumage and pink facial skin of adult American white ibises are distinctive. Adults have black wingtips that are usually only visible in flight. In non-breeding condition the long downcurved bill and long legs are bright red-orange.
The Irish Sea is the key area for wintering Oystercatchers, with four of the top five sites: Morecambe Bay, Solway Estuary, Dee Estuary and the Ribble Estuary.
A stocky and striking shorebird of eastern North America, the American Oystercatcher has a long, thick bright red bill. It uses this impressive bill to eat saltwater mollusks including clams and oysters.
Coots are dark-gray to black birds with a bright-white bill and forehead. The legs are yellow-green. At close range you may see a small patch of red on the forehead. You’ll find coots eating aquatic plants on almost any body of water.