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Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
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Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)

General Description: Western Kingbirds (Tyrannus verticalis) are large, sexually monomorphic flycatchers. Overall, they are dark above and yellow below. The wings are dark brown, the chest is gray, the belly is yellow, and the tail is black with white outer edges.

Western 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.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Tyrannidae, Tyranninae.

Favored Habitat: Open woods and desert with perches from which to catch flying bugs.

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Note yellow belly and white outer tail feathers

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

Comments:

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)

If you were a tasty flying insect, this might be the last face you ever see!

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Western Kingbird with a tasty morsel!
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
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Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Western Kingbird nest in cottonwood tree
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Seven Western Kingbirds in a tree; it was a good day at Corn Creek.
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Juvenile Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Western Kingbird nest in cottonwood tree
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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