Perching

Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus
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Length: 9 in. (23 cm )
This kingbird species is found in tall open vegetation, usually at the margins of water courses. It sits low over the water to high in the canopy waiting for flying insects to approach. Late in the summer and during the winter they will also eat fruits. The shallow nest is placed fairly high in a tree and made of sticks and bark.

The four-digit banding code is TRKI.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Female | Jim Burns


Marsh / swamp

Open water

Riparian / River forest
Bird Sound Type: Trilling
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Tropical Kingbird
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 21, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/tropical-kingbird

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Tropical Kingbird. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 21, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/tropical-kingbird

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Tropical Kingbird". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/tropical-kingbird

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "Tropical Kingbird". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 21 Jun 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/tropical-kingbird

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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