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Eastern Kingbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Aandeg
Western New York, May 2015
Tyrannus tyrannus


Photo © by Kent
Minnesota, USA, June 2004

19–23 cm (7½-9 in)

  • Charcoal gray upperparts
  • Black cap
  • White throat and belly, some gray smudges on chest
  • White tip on tail
  • Sometimes shows orange, or yellowish-orange crown spot


This species breeds throughout much of the USA and Canada; absent only in Alaska, Yukon Territory, California most of Nevada, southern Utah, Arizona, southern New Mexico, and western Texas.

Winters in South America.

Rare vagrant in California, Arizona, Newfoundland, and Alaska.


This is a monotypic species[1].


A variety of open areas with a few tall trees or powerlines and forests, including gallery forest, clearings and forest borders.


Often flies into the air from a perch to catch an insect (flycatching).


Their diet consists mostly of flying insects, particularly in the breeding season. They will also sometimes take small frogs. Fruit forms a large part of their diet too.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2016 & May 2018)

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