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Western Kingbird

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  • Aechmophorus occidentalis
  • Loons & Grebes

About the Western Kingbird

Also known as: Arkansas Flycatcher, Arkansas Kingbird
The Western Kingbird is a large species of flycatcher found in western parts of North and Central America. They breed across the western United States and migrate to southern zones during the winter.

Western Kingbirds feed on insects and berries. They often can be found perched out in the open, waiting for prey to appear. They capture insects on the wing, sometimes by hovering briefly.

Western Kingbirds can be found in a variety of open habitats, including farmland and urban or suburban areas. This species closely resembles several other birds in the family, including Couch's Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, and the Tropical Kingbird.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 June 2016
Scientific Name Tyrannus verticalis
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Tyrannus
  • T. verticalis
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 20 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.9 to 9.4 inches
14.6 to 15.7 inches
1.3 to 1.6 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East) Americas

International Names

  • 西王霸鹟 (Chinese)
  • tyran západní (Czech)
  • Vestlig Kongetyran (Danish)
  • Arkansaskoningstiran (Dutch)
  • niittytyranni (Finnish)
  • Tyran de l'Ouest (French)
  • Arkansaskönigstyrann (German)
  • Re dei tiranni occidentale (Italian)
  • nishitairanchou [ニシタイランチョウ] (Japanese)
  • Vestkongetyrann (Norwegian)
  • tyran bahamski (Polish)
  • Suiriri-ocidental (Portuguese)
  • Западный (королевский) тиранн (Russian)
  • Tirano Occidental (Spanish)
  • Västlig kungstyrann (Swedish)