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Yellow Cardinal Spotted In Alabama Considered 1 In A Million
Fox News ^ | 2-26-2018

Posted on 02/26/2018 7:38:58 AM PST by blam

Birders and biologists are reportedly heading to Alabama after pictures of a yellow cardinal started to circulate online, AL.com reported.

Geoffrey Hill, a biology professor at Auburn, told the website that the cardinal in photos appears to be a male and carries a genetic mutation, hence the bright yellow plumage. The bird was first spotted in January.

"I've been birdwatching in the range of cardinals for 40 years and I've never seen a yellow bird in the wild," Hill, who is on sabbatical in Australia, told AL.com via email. "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. There are probably a million bird feeding stations in that area so very, very roughly, yellow cardinals are a one in a million mutation."

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Well....we are the Yellow Hammer state.

Anyway....

- Roll Tide -

1 posted on 02/26/2018 7:38:58 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

He yeller!


2 posted on 02/26/2018 7:40:48 AM PST by Leep (The dims better watch it..Trump is CRAZY!!)
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To: blam

He’s yeller!


3 posted on 02/26/2018 7:41:11 AM PST by Leep (The dims better watch it..Trump is CRAZY!!)
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To: blam

Very pretty, have certainly never seen that!


4 posted on 02/26/2018 7:42:31 AM PST by GnuThere
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To: blam

Yellow Cardinals? Please no Catholic jokes. HHOK!


5 posted on 02/26/2018 7:43:36 AM PST by dangus (.)
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To: blam

Yellow Hammer = Northern flicker


6 posted on 02/26/2018 7:44:24 AM PST by KingLudd
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White and piebald robins occur about 1 in 30k. We used to have a family down the block.


7 posted on 02/26/2018 7:45:59 AM PST by Mercat
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To: blam

yellow birds matter.


8 posted on 02/26/2018 7:46:56 AM PST by JohnBrowdie
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To: KingLudd

Isn’t a northern flicker a type of woodpecker?


9 posted on 02/26/2018 7:47:17 AM PST by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: blam

Birders and biologists are reportedly heading to Alabama after pictures of a yellow cardinal started to circulate online, AL.com reported.

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He’s popular with humans. I wonder what the female cardinals think of him?


10 posted on 02/26/2018 7:50:53 AM PST by Moonman62 (Make America Great Again!)
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Somebody gonna have to capture it to verify their DNA speculation. Which came first ...the red or the yellow?


11 posted on 02/26/2018 7:51:40 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: blam

Pretty bird... here kitty kitty.


12 posted on 02/26/2018 7:55:22 AM PST by NRx (A man of integrity passes his father's civilization to his son, without selling it off to strangers.)
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The yellow cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It is the only member of its genus, Gubernatrix.[2] Yellow cardinal Gubernatrix cristata -Argentina-8.jpg Conservation status Endangered (IUCN 3.1)[1] Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae Genus: Gubernatrix Lesson, 1837 Species: G. cristata Binomial name Gubernatrix cristata Vieillot, 1817

It is found in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, temperate shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, and temperate grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss and from pet trade trappers.[3]

The term "yellow cardinal" or "yellow morph" may also describe a northern cardinal which is yellow because it lacks the usual enzyme which converts yellow pigments in food to the red pigments in the feathers of most of its species. Sightings are rare.[4]--wikipedia


13 posted on 02/26/2018 7:58:27 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Nuke deal. See my FR page)
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Well....we are the Yellow Hammer state.

Yellowhammer Woodpecker

Wrong bird. State bird is Yellowhammer Woodpecker.
14 posted on 02/26/2018 8:06:26 AM PST by salmon76 (Russia, Russia, Russia => Clinton, Clinton, Clinton)
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Yep, proof that climate change is happening ... darn, another “fact” to add to the list.


15 posted on 02/26/2018 8:10:22 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (We are getting even more than we voted for!)
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Well, damn. KILL IT. Then they can ‘study’ it further, easier /s


16 posted on 02/26/2018 8:23:01 AM PST by i_robot73 (One could not count the number of *solutions*, if only govt followed\enforced the Constitution.)
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To: salmon76

The more common name of the Yellow Hammer is the northern flicker. But in Alabama the is no “northern” anything discussed.


17 posted on 02/26/2018 8:26:32 AM PST by KC Burke (If all the world is a stage, I would like to request my lighting be adjusted.)
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To: blam

Global Warming claims another victim!


18 posted on 02/26/2018 8:28:59 AM PST by Redleg Duke (Build Kates Wall! Never Forget!)
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To: WayneS

I believe the flicker is a “ground pecker” - eats ants.


19 posted on 02/26/2018 8:30:19 AM PST by eCSMaster (Democrats: the political party of the undead)
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To: blam

A red one, by comparison.....

20 posted on 02/26/2018 8:31:44 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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