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Western Kingbird

Tyran de l'Ouest

Tyrannus verticalis

Information, images and range maps on over 1,000 birds of North America, including sub-species, vagrants, introduced birds and possibilities

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Kingbirds

B L W W W Family Latin Name
8.75" 22.2cm 15.5" 39.4cm 1.4 oz 39.7g Tyrannidae Tyrannus verticalis

North American Bird Calls

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The Western Kingbird is a member of the flycatcher family. This yellow and grey bird is seen across the Canadian and US prairies and grasslands. The western species is very different in appearance to the eastern species, which is black and white. It is often seen perched on fences and service lines along highways and farm fields.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

Classic Collection of North American Birds