June 26, 2015 – Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

These flycatchers are found across most of North America except the West Coast and southwestern United States. They winter in the north and central part of South America. Insectivores, they catch insects in flight, eating smaller ones without landing and taking larger ones back to a perch, were they beat them until they are stunned and swallow them whole. In their winter range they travel in flocks, eating mostly fruit. During the mating season, the female builds a nest as the male keeps watch. It is unknown whether this is to warn the female of danger or to watch for rival males. They commonly attack larger birds that could be a threat to nesting, such as crows and blue jays.

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