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Perching Perching

Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

Western Kingbird
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 9 in. (22 cm)
An open country species, this kingbird is most commonly seen sitting on telephone or fence wires in agriculture areas and savannas. It aggressively chases hawks and ravens from its territory, and the nest is placed in an isolated tree or tall shrub. The Western Kingbird catches insects in the air but in late summer will eat some fruits. The four-digit banding code is WEKI.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Desert
Desert

Grasslands
Grasslands

Shrubs
Shrubs

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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Male
Twittering (sound type)
Bird Song
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Male
Twittering (sound type)
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