An extremely rare cardinal has birdwatchers flocking to Alabaster, Alabama, as images of the “one-in-a-million” cardinal has have circulated around social media. According to specialists, the cardinal is an adult male in the same species as the common red cardinal, but carries a genetic mutation that causes what would normally be brilliant red feathers to be bright yellow instead.
Yellow American Northern Cardinals are only seen about once a year in the US. There hasn’t been a documented sighting in five years.
The unusual bird was first noticed in late January. And the yellow cardinal is still around.