Thursday, July 9, 2015

Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird is a fairly common, though inconspicuous, bird found in open fields and often near water. Its range includes much of the country except for the extreme southwest. It's binomial name (Tyrannus tyrannus), gives a clue of it's fierceness. It is a member of the family of birds called the tyrant flycatchers which is considered to have more members than any other family of birds.

I have seen them chase both Bald Eagles and Osprey. Unlike many other birds, they can recognize cowbird eggs and get rid of them. It is difficult to tell their size from these photos, but they are slightly smaller than a robin. True to their name, they eat mostly insects.

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