Western Kingbird

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 June 2016
Scientific Name
Tyrannus verticalis
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Tyrannus
  • T. verticalis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 April 2020)
  • 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
7.9 to 9.4 inches
14.6 to 15.7 inches
1.3 to 1.6 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 西王霸鹟
Czech (Cesky) tyran západní
Danish (Dansk) Vestlig Kongetyran
Dutch (Nederlands) Arkansaskoningstiran
Finnish (Suomi) niittytyranni
French (Français) Tyran de l'Ouest
German (Deutsch) Arkansaskönigstyrann
Italian (Italiano) Re dei tiranni occidentale
Japanese (日本語) nishitairanchou [ニシタイランチョウ]
Norwegian (Norsk) Vestkongetyrann
Polish (Polski) tyran bahamski
Portuguese (Português) Suiriri-ocidental
Russian (русский язык) Западный (королевский) тиранн
Spanish (Español) Tirano Occidental
Swedish (Svenska) Västlig kungstyrann
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