Two ravens
Ravens are intelligent birds.

NPS/Neal Herbert

Several raven relatives live in Yellowstone, including the common raven (Corvus corax). Common ravens are smart birds, able to put together cause and effect. Ravens are attracted to wolf kills and may follow wolves while they hunt elk. Wolves also provide better access to carrion, as ravens are not able to rip open thick skin on their own. Ravens are willing to eat almost anything and are frequently seen near parking lots searching for food—some have even learned to unzip and unsnap packs. Do not feed them.

Recent surveys indicate 200–300 ravens are present in the northern range of Yellowstone and 53% of those are in wolf habitat, away from human areas. Before wolf reintroduction, nearly 74% of ravens likely used human areas. Researchers are further investigating seasonal and spatial patterns in raven habitat use, and their relationships with humans and wolves, by monitoring raven movements using satellite transmitters.



Cornell University, and American Ornithologists’ Union. 2004. Birds of North America Online. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. https://birdsna.org/.

Walker, L.E., et al. 2018. Population responses of common ravens to reintroduced gray wolves. Ecology and Evolution 2018;00:1-11.

Bald eagle standing over a fish that it's eating.
Bald Eagle

Bald eagles can be seen along Yellowstone's many rivers and lakes.

An osprey comes in for a landing on a nest, where its mate tends the nest.

Osprey summer in Yellowstone, fishing and raising young.

A peregrine falcon perched on a branch.
Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine falcons are some of the fastest birds.

A large flock of white birds on the shore of an island.
Colony Nesting Birds

American white pelicans and other colonial nesting birds nest primarily on the Molly Islands in the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake.

Two birds with black heads, red eyes, and black & white bodies swim in a lake.
Common Loon

Loons in Yellowstone are some of the southern most breeding populations.

Two adult swans and four juveniles swim lake.
Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter swans are the largest wild waterfowl in North America.

A white-breasted bird with gray and black wings and black beak on a mound of snow
Songbirds and Woodpeckers

Passerine and near passerine species comprise the majority of bird species in Yellowstone.

A small, gray bird perched on a rock along a stream holding an insect in its beak.
American Dipper

Also known as the water ouzel, these birds dive into water for aquatic insects.

A sandhill crane walking through a marshy landscape.
Sandhill Crane

Sandhill cranes nest in Yellowstone during the summer.

An eared grebe near Mammoth Hot Springs
Sound Library

Immerse yourself in the aural splendor of Yellowstone.

A striped black & white bird with a red patch on the back of it's head perches on a tree trunk.

Spring is a wonderful time to look for birds, as migration brings many birds back to the park.

Last updated: August 26, 2019

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