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Cassin's Kingbird

Tyrannus vociferans

Cassin's Kingbird
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 9 in. (23 cm)
Perched on an open branch or fence post, this large flycatcher patiently waits for large insects to fly within striking range. The Cassin's Kingbird shows remarkable agility in pursuing and capturing these insects in mid-air. In late summer this kingbird switches more to fruits. It occurs in pine-oak woodlands and desert riparian areas where it places a bulky nest on a high horizontal tree branch near the trunk The four-digit banding code is CAKI.

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Savanna
Savanna

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