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Cassin's Kingbird

Tyrannus vociferans

Cassin's Kingbird, Tyrannus vociferans, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in Sycamore-Cottonwood woodland along the Sta Cruz River, Sta. Cruz Co., Arizona, USA. Aug. 2010.

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The raucus call of Cassin's Kingbirds from the highest perches in the trees above watered canyons in southern Arizona is a sure sign of summer. As flycatchers they maintain an alert, upright posture for hunting flying insects. Their tails lack the white outer feathers of the similar-looking Western Kingbird.

Summer Resident - Migration to Neotropics for winter months

Tyrannidae -- Tyrant Flycatcher Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Fauna of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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