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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scripp's Murrelet
Scarlet Tanager

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Scarlet Tanager

  • Piranga olivacea
  • Tanagers, Buntings & Cardinals

About the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Also known as: Texas Bird-of-paradise, Swallow-tailed Flycatcher,
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a species in the kingbird genus and the tyrant flycatcher family. These handsome birds are found in parts of North America and Central America.

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are named for their long split tails. Males and females both have long tails, though those of male birds may be up to 30% longer than a female's. Males and females share the same striking plumage: grey upperparts, light underparts with pink-hued flanks, and black-and-white tails.

In the United States, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are found across central southern states like Texas and Kansas. It is the official state bird of Oklahoma.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 November 2016
Scientific Name Tyrannus forficatus
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Tyrannus
  • T. forficatus
Birdorable Family Flycatchers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 30 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
8.7 to 14.6 inches
1.3 to 2 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East) Americas

International Names

  • 剪尾王霸鹟 (Chinese)
  • tyran vidloocasý (Czech)
  • Sakshalet Kongetyran (Danish)
  • Zwaluwstaartkoningstiran (Dutch)
  • saksityranni (Finnish)
  • Tyran à longue queue (French)
  • Scherenschwanz-Königstyrann (German)
  • Pigliamosche codaforbice (Italian)
  • エンビタイランチョウ [enbitairanchou] (Japanese)
  • Saksetyrann (Norwegian)
  • tyran rózany (Polish)
  • Ножницехвостый мухолов (Russian)
  • Tijereta Rosada (Spanish)
  • saxstjärtstyrann (Swedish)

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