Rare Bird Settles Into the Fountains at the Bellagio

by Anthony Losanno
Yellow-Billed Loon

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An endangered yellow-billed loon has taken refuge in the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Birders are concerned about the bird’s well being and the hotel has paused its renowned fountain show as it works with wildlife officials to relocate the bird.

The Bellagio Hotel & Casino is one of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas (full review here). One of the hotel’s big draws is its amazing fountain show held in front on Las Vegas Boulevard. Apparently, a yellow-billed loon, which is deemed extremely vulnerable, has taken a holiday at the resort and is having a good time swimming in the fountain.


The Fountains of Bellagio put on quite the show in the center of the 8.5-acre man-made lake. The show uses 1,214 water nozzles and 4,792 lights while it shoots water as high as 460 feet. This is clearly not cohesive to keeping this bird happy and it’s great that the resort is cooperating and working to get it relocated.

Anthony’s Take: My husband loves the fountain show and apparently this bird is also a fan. Hopefully, wildlife officials are able to catch it in order to relocate the loon somewhere safer.

(Featured Image Credit: @AlanHalaly via X.)

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