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Wildlife of Greater Yellowstone

On this page an overview of all wildlife that can be seen in the Greater Yellowstone area, which includes all animals of Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park.

  • Mammals
  • Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Birds
  • 67
  • 10
  • 310

Mammals

  • Family
  • Ursidae
  • Canidae
  • Felidae
  • Mustelidae
  • —-
  • Cervidae
  • Antilocapridae
  • Bovidae
  • Procyonidae
  • Mephitidae
  • Leporidae
  • Ochotonidae
  • Castoridae
  • Sciuridae
  • Geomyidae
  • Dipodidae
  • Soricidae
  • Cricetidae
  • Erethizontidae
  • Vespertilionidae
  • Animal
  • American black bear
  • Grizzly bear
  • Gray wolf
  • Coyote
  • Red fox
  • Mountain lion / cougar / puma
  • Bobcat
  • Lynx
  • Wolverine
  • Pine Marten
  • Long-tailed weasel
  • Stoat (ermine)
  • American mink
  • American badger
  • North American river otter
  • Fisher
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • White-tailed deer
  • Mule deer
  • Pronghorn
  • Mountain goat
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Bison
  • Raccoon
  • Striped skunk
  • Snowshoe hare
  • White-tailed jackrabbit
  • Desert cottontail
  • Mountain cottontail
  • American pika
  • Beaver
  • Least chipmunk
  • Uinta chipmunk
  • Yellow-pine chipmunk
  • Yellow-bellied marmot
  • Golden-mantled ground squirrel
  • Northern flying squirrel
  • American red squirrel
  • Uinta ground squirrel
  • Northern pocket gopher
  • Western jumping mouse
  • Dusky shrew
  • Masked shrew
  • American water shrew
  • Preble’s shrew
  • Dwarf shrew
  • Deer mouse
  • Muskrat
  • Western heather vole
  • Long-tailed vole
  • Meadow vole
  • Montane vole
  • Southern red-backed vole
  • Water vole
  • Bushy-tailed woodrat
  • North American porcupine
  • Big brown bat
  • Fringe-tailed bat
  • Hoary bat
  • Little brown bat
  • Long-eared bat
  • Long-legged bat
  • Silver-haired bat
  • Western small-footed bat
  • Townsend’s big-eared bat
  • Yuma bat
  • Latin name
  • Ursus americanus
  • Ursus arctos horribilis
  • Canis lupus
  • Canis latrans
  • Vulpes Vulpes
  • Puma concolor
  • Lynx rufus
  • Lynx canadensis
  • Gulo gulo
  • Martes martes
  • Mustela frenata
  • Mustela erminea
  • Neovison vison
  • Taxidea taxus
  • Lontra canadensis
  • Pekania pennanti
  • Alces alces
  • Cervus canadensis
  • Odocoileus virginianu
  • Odocoileus hemionus
  • Antilocapra americana
  • Oreamnos americanus
  • The bighorn sheep (
  • Bison bison
  • Procyon lotor
  • Mephitis mephitis
  • Lepus americanus
  • Lepus townsendii
  • Sylvilagus audubonii
  • Sylvilagus nuttallii
  • Ochotona princeps
  • Castor canadensis
  • Tamias minimus
  • Tamias umbrinus
  • Tamias amoenus
  • Marmota flaviventris
  • Callospermophilus lateralis
  • Glaucomys sabrinus
  • Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
  • Urocitellus armatus
  • Thomomys talpoides
  • Zapus princeps
  • Sorex monticolus
  • Sorex cinereus
  • Sorex palustris
  • Sorex preblei
  • Sorex nanu
  • Peromyscus maniculatus
  • Ondatra zibethicus
  • Phenacomys intermedius
  • Microtus longicaudus
  • Microtus pennsylvanicus
  • Microtus montanus
  • Myodes gapperi
  • Microtus richardsoni
  • Neotoma cinerea
  • Erethizon dorsatum
  • Eptesicus fuscus
  • Myotis thysanodes
  • Lasiurus cinereus
  • Myotis lucifugus
  • Myotis evotis
  • Myotis volans
  • Lasionycteris noctivagans
  • Myotis ciliolabrum
  • Corynorhinus townsendii
  • Myotis yumanensis

Reptiles & Amphidians

  • Family
  • Colubridae
  • Viperidae
  • Boidae
  • Iguanidae
  • Ambystomatidae
  • Hylidae
  • Bufonidae
  • Ranidae
  • Animal
  • Bullsnake
  • Valley garter snake
  • Wandering garter snake
  • Prairie rattlesnake
  • Rubber boa
  • Sagebrush lizard
  • Blotched Tiger Salamander
  • Boreal Chorus Frog
  • Boreal toad
  • Columbia Spotted Frog
  • Latin name
  • Pituophis catenifer sayi
  • Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi
  • Thamnophis elegans vagrans
  • Crotalus viridis
  • Charina bottae
  • Sceloporus graciosus
  • Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum
  • Pseudacris maculata
  • Bufo boreas
  • Rana luteiventris

Birds

Anatidae Greater white-fronted goose Anser albifrons
Snow goose Chen caerulescens
Ross’s goose Chen rossii
Brant Branta bernicla
Canada goose Branta canadensis
Cackling goose Branta hutchinsii
Trumpeter swan Cygnus buccinator
Whooper swan Cygnus cygnus
Wood duck Aix sponsa
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope
American wigeon Anas americana
American black duck Anas rubripes
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged teal Anas discors
Cinnamon teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern pintail Anas acuta
Green-winged teal Anas crecca
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya americana
Ring-necked duck Aythya collaris
Greater scaup Aythya marila
Lesser scaup Aythya affinis
Harlequin duck Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged scoter Melanitta fusca
Black scoter Melanitta americana
Long-tailed duck Clangula hyemalis
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Barrow’s goldeneye Bucephala islandica
Hooded merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Common merganser Mergus merganser
Red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator
Ruddy duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Phasianidae Chukar Alectoris chukar
Gray partridge Perdix perdix
Ruffed grouse Bonasa umbellus
Dusky grouse Dendragapus obscurus
Wild turkey Meleagris galopavo
Gaviidae Red-throated loon Gavia stellata
Pacific loon Gavia pacifica
Common loon Gavia immer
Podicipedidae Pied-billed grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Horned grebe Podiceps auritus
Red-necked grebe Podiceps grisegena
Eared grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Western grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
Clark’s grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
Phalacrocoracidae Double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Pelecanidae American white pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Ardeidae American bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Great blue heron Ardea herodias
Great egret Ardea alba
Snowy egret Egretta thula
Tricolored heron Egretta tricolor
Cattle egret Bubulcus ibis
Green heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned night heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Threskiornithidae Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus
White-faced ibis Plegadis chihi
Ciconiidae Wood stork Mycteria americana
Cathartidae Turkey vulture Cathartes aura
Pandionidae Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Accipitridae Bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Northern harrier Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter striatus
Cooper’s hawk Accipiter cooperii
Northern goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Red-shouldered hawk Buteo lineatus
Broad-winged hawk Buteo platypterus
Swainson’s hawk Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Ferruginous hawk Buteo regalis
Rough-legged hawk Buteo lagopus
Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Falconidae Crested caracara Caracara cheriway
American kestrel Falco sparverius
Merlin Falco columbarius
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus
Prairie falcon Falco mexicanus
Rallidae Yellow rail Coturnicops noveboracensis
Virginia rail Rallus limicola
Sora Porzana carolina
American coot Fulica americana
Gruidae Sandhill crane Grus canadensis
Whooping crane Grus americana
Charadriidae Black-bellied plover Pluvialis squatarola
Snowy plover Charadrius nivosus
Semipalmated plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Recurvirostridae Black-necked stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Scolopacidae Greater yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Solitary sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Willet Tringa semipalmata
Wandering tattler Tringa incana
Spotted sandpiper Actitis macularia
Upland sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Long-billed curlew Numenius americanus
Hudsonian godwit Limosa haemastica
Marbled godwit Limosa fedoa
Ruddy turnstone Arenaria interpres
Red knot Calidris canutus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Semipalmated sandpiper Calidris pusilla
White-rumped sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Pectoral sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Stilt sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Short-billed dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson’s snipe Gallinago delicata
Wilson’s phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Red-necked phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Laridae Sabine’s gull Xema sabini
Laughing gull Larus atricilla
Bonaparte’s gull Larus philadelphia
Franklin’s gull Larus pipixcan
Mew gull Larus canus
California gull Larus californicus
Herring gull Larus argentatus
Caspian tern Hydroprogne caspia
Black tern Chlidonias niger
Common tern Sterna hirundo
Arctic tern Sterna paradisaea
Forster’s tern Sterna forsteri
Stercorariidae Parasitic jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
Alcidae Long-billed murrelet Brachyramphus perdix
Columbidae Rock pigeon Columba livia
Band-tailed pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
Mourning dove Zenaida macroura
Cuculidae Black-billed cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Tytonidae Barn owl Tyto alba
Strigidae Flammulated owl Psiloscops flammeolus
Western screech-owl Megascops kennicottii
Eastern screech-owl Megascops asio
Great horned owl Bubo virginianus
Northern pygmy-owl Glaucidium gnoma
Burrowing owl Athene cunicularia
Great gray owl Strix nebulosa
Long-eared owl Asio otus
Short-eared owl Asio flammeus
Boreal owl Aegolius funereus
Northern saw-whet owl Aegolius acadicus
Caprimulgidae Common nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Apodidae Vaux’s swift Chaetura vauxi
White-throated swift Aeronautes saxatalis
Trochilidae Calliope hummingbird Selasphorus calliope
Broad-tailed hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
Rufous hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Alcedinidae Belted kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Picidae Lewis’s woodpecker Melanerpes lewis
Red-headed woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Red-bellied woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Williamson’s sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus
Yellow-bellied sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Red-naped sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy woodpecker Picoides villosus
White-headed woodpecker Picoides albolarvatus
American three-toed woodpecker Picoides dorsalis
Black-backed woodpecker Picoides arcticus
Northern flicker Colaptes auratus
Pileated woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Tyrannidae Olive-sided flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Western wood-pewee Contopus sordidulus
Willow flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Least flycatcher Empidonax minimus
Hammond’s flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
Gray flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
Dusky flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
Cordilleran flycatcher Empidonax occidentalis
Say’s phoebe Sayornis saya
Ash-throated flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
Western kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Eastern kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Scissor-tailed flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
Laniidae Loggerhead shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Northern shrike Lanius excubitor
Vireonidae Blue-headed vireo Vireo solitarius
Yellow-throated vireo Vireo flavifrons
Warbling vireo Vireo gilvus
Philadelphia vireo Vireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed vireo Vireo olivaceus
Corvidae Gray jay Perisoreus canadensis
Steller’s jay Cyanocitta stelleri
Blue jay Cyanocitta cristata
Pinyon jay Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
Clark’s nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana
Black-billed magpie Pica hudsonia
American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common raven Corvus corax
Alaudidae Horned lark Eremophila alpestris
Hirundinidae Tree swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Violet-green swallow Tachycineta thalassina
Northern rough-winged swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Bank swallow Riparia riparia
Cliff swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Barn swallow Hirundo rustica
Paridae Black-capped chickadee Poecile atricapilla
Mountain chickadee Poecile gambeli
Sittidae Red-breasted nuthatch Sitta canadensis
White-breasted nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Pygmy nuthatch Sitta pygmaea
Certhiidae Brown creeper Certhia americana
Troglodytidae Rock wren Salpinctes obsoletus
Canyon wren Catherpes mexicanus
House wren Troglodytes aedon
Winter wren Troglodytes hiemalis
Sedge wren Cistothorus platensis
Marsh wren Cistothorus palustris
Cinclidae American dipper Cinclus mexicanus
Regulidae Golden-crowned kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned kinglet Regulus calendula
Polioptilidae Blue-gray gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Turdidae Western bluebird Sialia mexicana
Mountain bluebird Sialia currucoides
Townsend’s solitaire Myadestes townsendi
Veery Catharus fuscescens
Swainson’s thrush Catharus ustulatus
Hermit thrush Catharus guttatus
American robin Turdus migratorius
Varied thrush Ixoreus naevius
Mimidae Gray catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Sage thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus
Brown thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Sturnidae European starling Sturnus vulgaris
Motacillidae American pipit Anthus rubescens
Sprague’s pipit Anthus spragueii
Bombycillidae Cedar waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Ptiliogonatidae Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens
Parulidae Tennessee warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
Orange-crowned warbler Oreothlypis celata
Nashville warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Virginia’s warbler Oreothlypis virginiae
Yellow warbler Setophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Cape May warbler Setophaga tigrina
Yellow-rumped warbler Setophaga coronata
Townsend’s warbler Setophaga townsendi
Blackburnian warbler Setophaga fusca
Yellow-throated warbler Setophaga dominica
Palm warbler Setophaga palmarum
Bay-breasted warbler Setophaga castanea
Blackpoll warbler Setophaga striata
American redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Black-and-white warbler Mniotilta varia
Prothonotary warbler Protonotaria citrea
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Northern waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
MacGillivray’s warbler Geothlypis tolmiei
Common yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Wilson’s warbler Cardellina pusilla
Yellow-breasted chat Icteria virens
Calcariidae McCown’s longspur Calcarius mccownii
Lapland longspur Calcarius lapponicus
Snow bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Emberizidae Green-tailed towhee Pipilo chlorurus
Spotted towhee Pipilo maculatus
American tree sparrow Spizelloides arborea
Chipping sparrow Spizella passerina
Clay-colored sparrow Spizella pallida
Brewer’s sparrow Spizella breweri
Field sparrow Spizella pusilla
Vesper sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
Black-chinned sparrow Spizella atrogularis
Lark sparrow Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated sparrow Amphispiza bilineata
Lark bunting Calamospiza melanocorys
Savannah sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
Le Conte’s sparrow Ammodramus leconteii
Fox sparrow Passerella iliaca
Song sparrow Melospiza melodia
Lincoln’s sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp sparrow Melospiza georgiana
White-throated sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Harris’s sparrow Zonotrichia querula
White-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed junco Junco hyemalis
Cardinalidae Scarlet tanager Piranga olivacea
Western tanager Piranga ludoviciana
Rose-breasted grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
Lazuli bunting Passerina amoena
Indigo bunting Passerina cyanea
Icteridae Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Western meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Brewer’s blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Common grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater
Baltimore oriole Icterus galbula
Bullock’s oriole Icterus bullockii
Fringillidae Black rosy-finch Leucosticte atrata
Pine grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
Purple finch Haemorhous purpureus
Cassin’s finch Haemorhous cassinii
House finch Haemorhous mexicanus
Red crossbill Loxia curvirostra
White-winged crossbill Loxia leucoptera
Common redpoll Acanthis flammea
Pine siskin Spinus pinus
Lesser goldfinch Spinus psaltria
American goldfinch Spinus tristis
Evening grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus
Passeridae House sparrow Passer domesticus