Sandhill Crane

A large bird sits on a next by a pond and another large bird stands nearby.
Sandhill cranes are the tallest birds in Yellowstone.

Sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) nest in Yellowstone each summer. Their guttural calls announce their presence long before most people see them as their gray feathers blend in well with their grassland habitat. The tallest birds in Yellowstone, they stand about 4 feet (1.2 m) high. They have a wingspan of approximately 6.5 feet (2 m) and are often mistaken for standing humans or other animals at a distance.

 

Resource

Tacha, T.C., S.A. Nesbitt, and P.A. Vohs. Sandhill crane. The Birds of North America Online. https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/sancra/introduction

 
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

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.

Profile of a raven's head and chest

Raven

Ravens are smart birds, able to put together cause and effect.

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.

Birds

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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