One-In-A-Million Discovery: Woman Comes Across Rare Yellow Cardinal Bird In Her Backyard And Feels Blessed

Date March 22, 2019

Some occurrences in life feel like ‘one in a million’ situation, and for this Theodore native, it was finding a yellow cardinal in her backyard.

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Facts about the yellow cardinal

The yellow cardinal is a well-proportioned, hefty-bodied Finch with pointed crest and small-looking bill. It is a species of bird that belongs to the Thraupidae family.

It is commonly found in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Its natural habitats are dry savannas, temperate shrublands, and temperate grasslands.

They feed on forage seeds and small arthropods and are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Rare discovery

So, it came as a surprise to Karem Maldonado, a bird watcher, when she spotted a yellow cardinal in her backyard.

Karem is an avid gardener and she has nine bird feeders in her yard. Sometime last week, the senior woman was performing her regular practice of taking pictures of birds when she stumbled upon the rare yellow cardinal staring at her.

“He looked at me with one eye, and then looked at me with the other.”

Karen revealed that she had seen many red cardinals, but had only heard about yellow cardinals. This was the first time she had ever seen one.

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Excited about her discovery, Karem took to Facebook to share the photos of the bird, which she named ‘Mr. Sunshine,’ and considered herself blessed for seeing it. Her post has gone viral, reaching over 2,400 shares and gaining several comments from bird lovers.

According to Dr. Geoffrey Hill, of Auburn University, yellow cardinals are as a result of a rare genetic mutation that stops the production of the red pigment seen in their counterparts.

He likened their condition to that of human albinism.

The yellow cardinal wows people

Many Facebook users were thrilled by the discovery of such rare species and couldn’t keep their awe to themselves.

Karem must sure feel on top of the world for coming across such a rare bird. She has since added another bird feeder in her backyard with the hopes of ‘Mr. Sunshine’ returning.

We also hope for the same, as we can’t wait to see more lovely photos of the hard-to-find bird.

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