Kingbird


This Western Kingbird was photoin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma shortly after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

This Western Kingbird was photographed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma shortly after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

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The Western Kingbird has a pale gray head and back, a brownish gray wings, a black tail with a narrow white side edging, and a yellowish belly. The range is SW Canada, western US, to northern Mexico. It has a habitat of farms, open country with scattered trees, roadside, fences, and wires. It is often seen perched on roadside feces, fences, and wires. Its diet is mostly insects, and it can be seen flying out to snap up insects from its perch. It can be found in open country and has adapted to advancing civilization.

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The white band on the tail tip easily identifies the Easter Kingbird.

This Eastern Kingbird was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Eastern Kingbird can be seen in the eastern and Midwest states and central Canada. This was my first sighting, as a group was migrating through the area. The white band across the tail tip easily identifies them. They were in their normal habitat of wood edges, river groves, farms, orchards, roadsides, fencerows, and wires. They like to harass crows and hawks, and this is the reason I saw them as they were chasing some crows, and making noise.