Eastern Kingbird – 5/19/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/19/20

Observation Time: 9:50 a.m.

Observation Location: field near Gavins Pond dam

Common Name: Eastern kingbird

Scientific Name: Tyrannus tyrannus

Comments: Kingbirds are members of the flycatcher family. The tip of the tail looks like it was dipped in white paint. Their call has been likened to the sound of arcing electricity.

In summer kingbirds eat mostly flying insects. Pairs maintain a breeding territory and defend it vigorously against all other kingbirds. In winter along the Amazon, however, they have a very different lifestyle: they travel in flocks and eat fruit.

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