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Western Kingbird
Tyrannus verticalis

Flycatchers
Flycatcher Family (Tyrannidae)

Size: Length: 20.5-24 cm Wingspan: 39-42 cm

Description: Rare in the Rockies, the western kingbird is a large flycatcher with a gray head, nape and back. The beak is dark and a faint, dark eye-streak is visible. The throat is lighter gray, and the belly and underside of the tail decidedly yellow. The wings and upper tail coverts are dark brown to black. The black tail has a white outer margin, and fans slightly in flight. The call is a shrill "pkit-pkit-pkeedle-dot" with the emphasis on the "pkeedle-dot". They prefer open areas and shrublands from the montane to the subalpine. Perching on a favourite lookout, they dart out, catch an insect or two, and return to the same perch. The nest is in trees, shrubs, telephone poles, and on buildings. It is a large cup of grass, hair, wool, feathers and other local materials. There may be several pairs nesting in the same stand of trees.

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