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These birds are about twice the size of the lesser goldfinches here and the coloring is very similar. A few are brighter yellow with orange-tinged beaks. I thought they might be female hooded orioles, which I have seen here before, but there are several of them from brighter to dull in this same yellow/green coloration. The mother has been coming to the birdbath with her two young recently, who are almost as big as she is now. I have not seen a male hooded oriole since the spring. 

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As The Bird Nuts pointed out, this is a female Western Tanager. Males have red on their heads, but females are all yellow overall with dark wings.

Keep watching for all sorts of unique birds- you're in a really cool part of the US. Southern AZ is my absolute favorite place to bird, it's chock full of rarities, especially this time of year!

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You both may be right, but I have never seen anything resembling a male here. Let me try and capture some more photos in the coming days please.

 

 

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Right now, non-red-headed Western Tanagers outnumber red-headed Western Tanagers greatly. All immatures have yellow heads, as do all females, leaving only adult males with red heads.

The angle of the head produces the odd appearance of the bill.

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