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Eastern Kingbird
Tyrannus tyrannus

Flycatchers
Flycatcher Family (Tyrannidae)

Size: Length: 21.5-23 cm Wingspan: 36-38 cm

Description: Surprisingly, the eastern kingbird is much more common than the western kingbird. It is a more drab flycatcher with a black upper body contrasting with a white underside. The head, back, wings and tail are all black. The tail has a narrow band of white at the tip, and fans slightly in flight. The throat is white, stretching part-way around the neck. It has a small crest, within which is a hidden patch of red. This patch flares up to become visible during mating displays. The eastern kingbird prefers open areas and aspen and willow shrublands as well as sedge meadows. It nests in trees, usually between 2 and 5 m high. These nests are a favourite for cowbirds looking for a place to lay an egg. The unwitting kingbirds end up raising the cowbird hatchling, often at the expense of their own young.

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