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Tropical Kingbird in Roatan, Honduras.

Tropical Kingbird in Roatan, Honduras.

The Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) is a large tyrant flycatcher. This bird breeds from southern Arizona and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States through Central America, South America as far as south as central Argentina and western Peru, and on Trinidad and Tobago. Birds from the northernmost and southern breeding areas migrate to warmer parts of the range after breeding.

Tropical Kingbird in Roatan, Honduras.

Tropical Kingbird in Roatan, Honduras.

An adult Tropical Kingbird is 22 cm (8.7 in) long and weighs 39 g (1.4 oz). The head is pale gray, with a darker eye mask, an orange crown stripe, and a heavy gray bill. The back is grayish-green, and the wing and forked tail are brown. The throat is pale gray, becoming olive on the breast, with the rest of the underparts being yellow. The sexes are similar, but young birds have pale buff edges on the wing coverts. [Wikipedia]

Tropical Kingbird in Roatan, Honduras.

Tropical Kingbird in Roatan, Honduras.

9 comments on “Tropical Kingbird

  1. We get Western, Cassin’s, and Eastern Kingbirds in Colorado, but I have yet to see one of these beauties.

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    1. I have seen Eastern and Gray Kingbirds. This was my first Tropical Kingbird. It is a beauty.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    Beautiful, and not a bird we get down here as far as I am aware.

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    1. I love Kingbirds. They are fiesty little birds that often take on much bigger birds like hawks. I never knew they had such a beautiful species.

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      1. petchary says:

        I love them too! My “name” – Petchary – is the local Jamaican name for the Grey Kingbird. We also have the noisy and contentious Loggerhead Kingbirds, who always make their presence felt in our yard! I didn’t know of this gorgeous yellow one.

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      2. I knew your name was that of the Grey Kingbird. The moment I realized, I couldn’t help but smile. 🙂

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      3. petchary says:

        Not many people recognised it immediately! 🙂

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      4. I have to admit I didn’t recognize it immediately. I called the Grey Kingbird “pitcheerie” as a child. 🙂

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      5. petchary says:

        There you go!!

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