The dark gray American dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) 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 made waterproof with oil from a preen gland enable this bird to thrive in cold waters.
Kingery, H.E. and M.F. Willson. American dipper. The Birds of North America Online. https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/amedip/introduction
Bald eagles can be seen along Yellowstone's many rivers and lakes.
Osprey summer in Yellowstone, fishing and raising young.
Peregrine falcons are some of the fastest birds.
Golden eagles are named for the yellow feathers at the base of the neck.
Colony Nesting Birds
American white pelicans and other colonial nesting birds nest primarily on the Molly Islands in the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake.
Loons in Yellowstone are some of the southern most breeding populations.
Trumpeter swans are the largest wild waterfowl in North America.
Songbirds and Woodpeckers
Passerine and near passerine species comprise the majority of bird species in Yellowstone.
Ravens are smart birds, able to put together cause and effect.
Sandhill cranes nest in Yellowstone during the summer.
Immerse yourself in the aural splendor of Yellowstone.
Spring is a wonderful time to look for birds, as migration brings many birds back to the park.
Last updated: August 26, 2019