Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis
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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.

Male | Herbert Clarke




Mesquite bosque



Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Twittering
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Western 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: March 22, 2018
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