Passerine/Near Passerine Species/Other Species
Songbirds and Woodpeckers
Songbirds and Willows
So far, many bird species are using the willow communities in almost equal abundance. However, a few species-willow flycatcher, Wilson's warbler and MacGillivray's warbler-may be colonizing the newer stands.
Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Forest Burn Survey
Other Bird Species in Yellowstone National Park
American white pelicans spend the summer mainly on Yellowstone Lake and the Yellowstone River. These large white birds are often mistaken for trumpeter swans until their huge yellow beak and throat pouch are seen. Their black wing tips separate them from swans, which have pure white wings.
Sandhill cranes nest in Yellowstone each summer. Their guttural calls announce their presence long before most people see them. Their gray feathers blend in well with their grassland habitat.
Ravens frequent parking lots, and have learned to unzip and unsnap packs. Some ravens have learned to follow wolves during hunts. They wait in trees or on the ground, until wolves finish at a carcass. Some studies have shown they actually sometimes lead wolves to kills. Because ravens don't have the sharp bills of raptors they cannot open up a carcass on their own. Alerting wolves to a kill is a way for them to get a meal.
Several raven relatives live in Yellowstone, including the black-billed magpie. Like the raven, they often show up where people are eating. Do not feed them.
The dark gray American dipper bobs beside streams and rivers. Also called the water ouzel, the dipper dives into the water and swims in search of aquatic insects. Thick downy feathers and oil from a preening gland enable this bird to survive cold waters.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.