A ‘one in a million’ yellow cardinal is dazzling the Internet with its sunshiny feathers

Described as a “one in a million” find, a male yellow-pigmented Northern cardinal was spotted at a backyard feeder!!

Charlie Stephenson of Alabaster, Alabama, an experienced birder, found the rare bird hanging out in her feeder late last month and didn’t know what it was at first, “I thought ‘well there’s a bird I’ve never seen before.’ Then I realized it was a cardinal, and it was a yellow cardinal.”

Posted by Jeremy Black on Saturday, February 17, 2018

Geoffrey Hill, a biology professor at Auburn University, believes that the bird “carries a genetic mutation that causes what would normally be brilliant red feathers to be bright yellow instead,” according to an article. He says, “There are probably a million bird feeding stations in that area so very very roughly, yellow cardinals are a one in a million mutation.”

Wow, so cool!!

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