Birds That Start With The Letter Y (With Pictures)

Some of the most popular birds that start with the letter Y are the Yellow chat, Yellow-crested cockatoo, Yellow-billed teal, and Yelkouan shearwater. Here is a bit more information about these birds and others that start with Y:

  • Yelkouan shearwater – A type of shearwater that is cross-like in appearance when in flight.
  • Yellow bittern – A small bittern that has a short neck and long bill.
  • Yellow chat – An Australian passerine bird that is usually seen in pairs or by flocks.
  • Yellow wattlebird – The largest species of honeyeater that has a harsh, cough-like call.
  • Yellow-backed tanager – The male species of this warbler-like tanager has black upperparts and tail, yellow undertail, and neck with a white belly.
  • Yellow-bellied greenbul – A type of greenbul that has yellow underparts and a broken white eye ring.
  • Yellow-bellied sapsucker – A North American woodpecker that has vertical white patches on its dark upper parts.
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo – A migratory cuckoo that is found in the woods of North America and has a curved black bill and yellow mandible.
  • Yellow-billed magpie – A magpie that is found in Canada and is an omnivore.
  • Yellow-billed teal – A South American duck that is named after its yellow bill that has a black tip.
  • Yellow-billed tern – A species of tern that has yellow feet and beaks.
  • Yellow-crested cockatoo – A medium-sized cockatoo that has white plumage and a yellow or orange crest that is retractile.
  • Yellow-crowned amazon – A parrot that has green plumage and a distinctive yellow crown.
  • Yellow-crowned whitestart – A species of passerine bird that is found in the isolated mountain range in Colombia.
  • Yellow-hooded blackbird – The male species of this bird has a golden yellow head and black plumage.
  • Yellow-rumped warbler – A popular passerine bird in North America.
  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo – A large Australian cockatoo with brown-black feathers, a short crest, and a yellow tail band and patches on its cheeks.
  • Yellow-tailed parrot – A colorful parrot that is also called the central white-bellied parrot.
  • Yellow-throated vireo – A small songbird got its name from its olive-colored head and yellow throat.
  • Yellow-wattled lapwing – A ground-nesting bird that has yellow legs and a large, distinguishing feature of yellow wattles at the base of its beak.


These are just some of the many birds that start with the letter Y. Each species has its unique features and characteristics, adding to the plethora of biodiversity in this world. Whether you are a bird enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, these Y birds will surely give you something to marvel at.

Yellow chat Image by: Ron Knight from Seaford, East Sussex, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons