Marana, Az
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Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird nest from the Great Plains westward, in any open habitat where there are few trees available for nesting. Like all Tyrannus, it is pugilist, attacking birds that dare enter its territory, diving at and even riding the backs of vultures and hawks. this species is often observed on the East Coast in fall.

VOICE SONG a nasal, sputtering series that rises in inflection, speed, and pitch, then falls quickly: prip pp prreep pp PREEpoopop. CALLS similarly clipped spik, pik, and kit sounds.


  • The Western Kingbird has benefited from the cutting of forests. Alfalfa and livestock pastures provide a plentiful diet of insects.
  • The male has an impressive courtship display in which he twists and turns to about 60 feet in the air at which point he stalls, and then tumbles, flips, and twists as he falls toward the ground.
  • They catch insects on the wing, often leaving its perch and chasing flying insects for 40 to 60 feet.
  • A group of kingbirds are collectively known as a “coronation”, “court”, and “tyranny” of kingbirds.


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  • Kirsten Moody
    Kirsten Moodyabout 4 years ago

    Aw what a baby :) haha cute little fluffy bird

  • They are cute, I agree. Fast little buggers as well. Thank you for visiting Kirsten, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    He is a stately little fellow, just love their most unusual song…nicely documented as usual Kimberly

  • Thank you Larry as always!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 4 years ago

    Great capture. Well done. Love the blue sky…Hugs…Tom

  • Tom, I thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • S .
    S .about 4 years ago

    awesome !

  • Thank you Darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    What a perfect capture against that blue sky, Kimberly! ;o)

  • It was perfect luck that he stopped long enough for me to get off a, thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Love that little flycatcher face. Our Easterns are more distinctively black & white & have a white terminal tail band. Great catch.

  • Thank you very much Sheila.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Newton
    Kathy Newtonabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait Kimberly !

  • Thank you so much Kathy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  • Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    Oh Kimbery, one of my very favorites. Both the Western and the Eastern species. I haven’t seen them yet but I’m watching for them. Instant FAV. Barb

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