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Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Tyrannus
Lacepede, 1799
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The genus Tyrannus is a group of large insect-eating birds in the Tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae. The majority are named as Kingbirds.

They prefer semi-open or open areas. These birds wait on an exposed perch and then catch insects in flight. They have long pointed wings and large broad bills.

These birds tend to defend their breeding territories aggressively, often chasing away much larger birds. The genus name means "tyrant".


  • Snowy-throated Kingbird, Tyrannus niveigularis
    White-throated Kingbird, Tyrannus albogularis
    Tropical Kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus
    Couch's Kingbird, Tyrannus couchii
    Cassin's Kingbird, Tyrannus vociferans
    Thick-billed Kingbird, Tyrannus crassirostris
    Western Kingbird, Tyrannus verticalis
    Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus
    Gray Kingbird, Tyrannus dominicensis
    Loggerhead Kingbird, Tyrannus caudifasciatus
    Giant Kingbird, Tyrannus cubensis
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus
    Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus savana

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