Western kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Family Tyrannidae Tyrant Flycatchers
Named for habit of catching flying insects midair, usually in a short flight from a perch. They perch upright while watching for prey. Flight is strong and agile with quick turns and abrupt movements. Most are drab with short, broad flattened bills. Most have a large head and bristly “whiskers.”
Habitat: common in dry open country with scattered trees, perching on fences and high wires. Solitary or in small family groups.
- Robin-like flight, oftenSeen foraging for insects from a prominent open perch.
- Pale gray head
- White edges on black tail. Tail triangular
- Pale gray breast