Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 8 3/4 " long

Western Kingbird, USFWS photo by John and Karen Hollingsworth

Western Kingbird, USFWS photo by John and Karen Hollingsworth

The Western Kingbird has ashy gray head, neck and breast with its back gray slightly tinged with olive. Tail is black and belly lemon yellow. The kingbird is a flycatcher that feeds mostly on wasps, bees, beetles, and flies, snatching its prey in mid-air. It is a common summer resident in lower elevations of Arizona, often present in large numbers in agricultural areas such as the Sulphur Springs Valley of Cochise County. The Western Kingbird has adapted well to encroaching development in its range, sometimes building its nest where wires attach to utility poles and tending its young along busy city streets.

Photo credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service photos by John and Karen Hollingsworth. You can download this and many other interesting animal photos at http://images.fws.gov/

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