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Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)
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Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)

General Description: Cassin's Kingbirds (Tyrannus vociferans) are large, sexually monomorphic flycatchers. Overall, they are dark above and yellow below. The chest and head are dark gray, which contrasts with the light chin. The belly is yellow, and the tail is black (without white outer edges).

Cassin's Kingbirds are similar to Western Kingbirds, which are more common around Las Vegas. Tell them apart by the outer tail feathers, which are bright white in Western Kingbirds, and brown in Cassin's. Cassin's also has a darker head and chest, which contrast more strongly with the light chin.

Cassin's Kingbirds are "fly catchers," and often can be seen flying out from a perch to catch an insect in the air, then returning to the same perch to look for another passing bug. Sometimes they catch things on the ground, and they eat fruit too.

Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Tyrannidae, Tyranninae.

Favored Habitat: Open woods and desert with perches from which to catch flying bugs. Favors more hilly country than Western Kingbirds.

Where to Find: Cassin's Kingbirds are widespread throughout southern Nevada during summer. Look for them everywhere, including Corn Creek, Henderson BVP, and Sunset Park.

Comments:

Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) If you were a flying insect, you'd better hope you never see this face!
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Cassin's Kingbird; Henderson, Nevada
Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)
Cassin's Kingbird; Wilcox, Arizona
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Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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