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Black Birds With Yellow Beaks: The Ultimate Guide!

Have you ever seen a blackbird with a yellow beak? If so, you might be a little confused about what type of bird it is.

In this article we will go through some of the most common birds you might come across in your garden.

Yellow-billed Chough

yellow-billed chough
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The yellow-billed chough or Alpine chough is from the crow family, they have a sheeny black plumage, yellow beak, and red legs. This species of bird lives in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Southern Europe. They live near the coastlines in grasslands or dry scrubland where there are enough coastal cliffs for nesting.

Their diet consists of beetles, ants, wasps, bee larvae as well as spiders. The most distinctive feature about this bird is its shrill call which sounds like “keeow”. ​​​​​​​

Common Blackbird

Common Blackbird
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The Common Blackbird or Eurasian Blackbird is a member of the thrush family, Turdidae. The bird has glossy black plumage with a yellow ring around its eye and a yellow bill. It measures 12-14 inches in length, not including the tail feathers. The average weight for an adult male is 4 ounces while females are slightly smaller at 3.5 ounces on average.

They live in all parts of Europe except Iceland and Norway, as well as North Africa and western Asia from Iran to Siberia. Their habitat ranges from coastal wetlands to inland woods, riverbanks and gardens; but always near water or trees for nesting sites. 

European Starling

European Starling
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European Starlings are found all over the world. This type of bird likes to live in cities, towns, parks, and woodlands with trees or shrubs.  They have black iridescent plumage and yellow bill. They eat seeds, fruits, insects, invertebrates, and sometimes small vertebrates such as mice or bird’s eggs.

The European starling is native to Europe but it has since been introduced in many other parts of the world including North America where it was first recorded in the 1890s on Manhattan Island.​​​​​​​ These birds are often seen hopping around on the ground looking for food and occasionally perching up high in trees to rest.

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Common Myna

Common Myna
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This type of bird is native to South Asia and Australia but can be found in many places around the world because it was introduced by humans. Common Mynas are mostly seen in towns where they make their nests in rooftops or eaves of buildings, hang from branches or wire baskets. It has a bright yellow bill, brown body, black hooded over the head, and a yellow mark around the eye.

Their preferred habitat is near water sources or anywhere there is enough food for them to eat. They are also omnivores who will eat both meat and plant matter. They mostly eat insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, locusts, and crickets but they will also feed on fruit​​​​​​​.

Black Thrush

Black Thrush
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The Black Thrush is a bird that is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a medium-sized songbird with black feathers and a bright yellow bill. The female Black Thrush has brownish colors. The Black Thrush eats insects, fruit, small lizards, snakes, amphibians, and worms.

They are mainly found in lowland forests but will also inhabit parks or gardens near human settlements where they forage on the ground for insects and other small invertebrates. The Black Thrush is not the most common bird to spot, but it’s certainly one of the more interesting ones you’ll see in the area if you’re lucky enough to spot one.

Yellow-legged Thrush

Yellow-legged Thrush
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The Yellow-legged Thrush is a medium-sized songbird of northern and eastern South America, that is mostly black with a yellow beak, eye-ring, and legs. They are found in open areas near forest or woodland edges, clearings, or streamsides. The thrushes mainly eat insects but will also feed on fruit. 

It breeds in wet lowland forests and dense woodlands from Panama to the Guianas, southern Brazil, and Paraguay. The females lay 2–4 eggs in a cup nest on or near the ground. The bird has long been hunted for food by indigenous peoples throughout its range.