Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 November 2016
Scientific Name
Tyrannus forficatus
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Tyrannus
  • T. forficatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 29 October 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
8.7 to 14.6 inches
1.3 to 2 ounces


International Names

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