No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you and my red paint has not gone missing. I’ve seen numerous photos of yellow cardinals on social media sites these past few weeks and was intrigued to find out more about this bird.
In a nutshell, if you are lucky enough to spot such a rare bird, here is the reason for the color differences. A yellow cardinal (aka yellow morph) lacks an enzyme that converts yellow pigments in food into the red pigments in the feathers of the common northern cardinal. Have you ever seen one of these beauties? Evidently they have been found throughout the United States, so be on the lookout!