Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

Flycatchers

Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

Flycatchers

Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird

Daniel Fitzgerald

Found in open areas (usually scattered trees), including savannah-habitats.

Typical plumage includes pale gray breast and head, yellowish underparts, short, black bill, a black tail with white outer tail feathers (easily seen in flight), and pale gray back. Song is a series of harsh, twittering notes, rapidly given.

Cup-shaped nest containing twigs, small roots, and plant down is placed in trees, shrubs, and sometimes on a variety of man-made structures (e.g., utility poles). Diet consists primarily of insects, less commonly fruits. 

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