Western kingbird

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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