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What's the difference between a Bison and a Buffalo?

Both species are large, horned animals in the Bovidae family.  

There are two kinds of bison:  The American bison [Bison bison] that lives in North America and the European bison [Bison bansus] that lives in isolated parts of Poland.

There are also two forms of buffalo:  The Water Buffalo and the Cape Buffalo.

How can I tell them apart?

Bison are found in North America and parts of Europe, while buffalo are indigenous to South Asia (Water buffalo) and Africa (Cape buffalo).  Look for a hump - bison have a hump at their shoulders, while buffalo don't.  Bison have shorter, sharper horns, while buffalo have large horns more than six feet wide with an arc.  Bison  have beards, buffalos don't.

So what's up with the song Home on the Range?

The classic western folk song "Home on the Range" is sometimes called the unofficial anthem of the American West.  Written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley of Kansas, the first line begins:  "Oh, give me a home, where the Buffalo roam...."  What the author is actually referring to are bison.

Early American settlers called bison "bufello" since the two animals looked the same.  The name "buffalo" stuck for American bison.  Although technically incorrect, people mistakenly continue to refer to bison as buffalo.



American Bison

Bison are the largest land-dwelling animal in North America.  Often mistaken for buffalo, these majestic creatures have dark-brown fur that is long on their head, shoulders and forelegs.  The hair covering the rest of their body is lighter in colour and shorter.  Males (bulls) can weigh up to 2,000 pounds; females (cows) reach up to 1,000.

Bison are excellent swimmers and despite their bulky look, can jump over objects as tall as five feet.  They have keen hearing, vision and smell.

Although they look docile, Bison can be aggressive when disturbed and can run up to 35 miles per hour.  

The images below are of a bison herd at Yellowstone National Park.


Bison on field at Yellowstone Park

Bison - 1

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Bison at Yellowstone Park

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Bison in Canadian Museum of Nature Diorama

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