Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

About the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Also known as: Texas Bird-of-paradise, Swallow-tailed Flycatcher,

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is an eye-catching bird, measuring up to 14-15 inches long, with its tail alone accounting for half its length. The bird's body is pale gray, while its wings are dark with a striking salmon-pink wash on the sides and underwings. Its most notable feature is its long, forked tail, which streams behind it in flight.

Known for its acrobatic flight, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is an expert insect catcher, snatching prey mid-air with impressive agility. They often perch on exposed branches or wires, scanning for insects. Their song is a series of sharp, twittering notes.

This bird prefers open habitats such as prairies, pastures, and savannas. During the breeding season, they are primarily found in the south-central United States, especially Texas and Oklahoma. In winter, they migrate to Mexico and Central America.

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