Photographer captures 'one in a million' yellow cardinal

Posted: 10:23 PM, Feb 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-28 06:03:53-05

ALABASTER, Ala. — A photographer in Alabama was able to capture the beauty of a rare yellow cardinal that is taking the internet by storm. 

Jeremy Black took the photograph of the rare yellow bird in Alabaster, Alabama.

According to Geoffrey Hill, a bird curator at Auburn University in Alabama, the bird is a rare male northern cardinal that has a "one in a million" genetic mutation that makes its red feathers turn yellow. Additionally, the mutation is so rare, that only one is seen each year in the United States.

"This yellow cardinal displays a rare mutation causes the metabolic process to produce a different type of pigment than the typical red coloration," Black wrote on his Facebook page .

Black says that he was able to photograph the yellow cardinal after his friend, Charlie Stephenson, noticed the bird at her feeder in January. 

According to National Geographic , on February 17, Black spent five hours in Stephenson's backyard with a camera in hand, hoping the beautiful bird would make a second appearance. 

"As soon as it landed, I was starstruck," Black told National Geographic. "It kind of took my breath away a little bit."

Black's next goal is to capture a picture of a yellow cardinal and a red cardinal sitting on a branch together.

Mary Stringini is a Digital Reporter for ABC Action News. Follow her on Twitter @MaryWFTS.