Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Yellow-breasted flycatcher of posts and wires. Common in western half of US. Timing: summer. Prefers open areas, usually perched up, typically below 7K ft. Medium with a moderate, narrow bill; plumage is grey, yellow, black and white, red under feathers. Often seen as vagrants in the fall in the East. Expanding range due to human development. Red crown is rarely seen. Male and female defend territory which shrinks as the breeding season goes on. Diet includes mostly insects, occassional fruits. Oldest wild individual recorded was 6. Population ~ 20 million.