A large osprey with a white body, black wings, and black strip on its white head perched in a tree.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

NPS Photo / Roger Zachary


Lassen Volcanic National Park provides habitat for approximately 216 species of birds in which 96 have been known to breed in the park. Most of the species that occur in the park are neotropical migrants. These birds use the park in summer to breed and forage and then fly to Central and South America to spend the winter. View the Lassen Volcanic National Park species list.



Researchers have been studying landbirds at Lassen Volcanic National Park since 2008. Landbirds (tree-dwelling birds, perching birds or songbirds, raptors, and ground-feeding birds) are frequently sighted in the park. Because they spend most of their lives on the ground or in trees, they are sensitive to habitat change. Studying them helps researchers track conditions of their habitats.

A riparian area (streams and wetlands) count survey in 2015 recorded 68 species within 50 meters of 25 survey points. Dark-eyed Junco was detected at every survey point, followed by American Robin, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Rufous Hummingbird (84% of sites). Learn more about landbird monitoring from the Klamath Network Inventory & Monitoring Team.

A grey bird with black wings and a pointed beak birched on a trees top with dense pinecones.
Clark's Nutcracker

Frequently Sighted

Steller's Jay | Cyanocitta stelleri
This large, dark jay swoops on its broad, rounded wings. Keep an eye on your picnic as they are quick to spot unattended food. Steller's and Blue jays are the only northern American jays with crests. Listen to a Stellar's Jay call.

Mountain Chickadee | Poecile gambeli
Sparrow-sized, small-billed bird often sighted in trees throughout the winter months. Makes two distinctive calls, "chicka-dee-dee-de" and another that sounds strikingly like "cheeseburger!"

Clark's Nutcracker | Nucifraga columbiana
This member of the crow family caches thousands of seeds each year. Easy to spot throughout the park as they swoop between trees. Listen for their frequent long, grating calls.


Featured Birds

  • A large woodpecker with a red crest, large pointed beak, a black body, and white stripes on its face
    Pileated woodpecker

    The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in the country.

  • A chicken-like bird with brown and white mottled feathers on a tree branch.
    Ruffed Grouse

    The hardy ruffed grouse can be found year-round in the park.

  • A hummingbird with a iridescent pink head feathers and grey/green body feathers perched on a branch.
    Anna's Hummingbird

    The throat and head of male Anna's Hummingbirds are iridescent rose.

  • A hawk with mottled brown, white, and black feathers flying.
    Rough-legged Hawk

    The rough-legged hawk is one of the most cold-adapted hawks.

  • A large, gray owl prepares to land on a wooden post with its wings spread wide.
    Great Gray Owl

    Also known as Phantom of the North or Great Gray Ghost, this owl blends easily in the forest.

  • Woodpeckers of Lassen Volcanic National Park

    There are eight species of woodpeckers found in the park winter through summer.

Last updated: January 26, 2024

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