Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

The Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) is a medium-sized tyrant flycatcher occurring in the southern United States as well as Central and South America (up to central Argentina and western Peru). The birds prefer open habitats with few trees and shrubs including gardens and parks. They are commonly seen perching on tree tops or roadside wires to observe the surrounding area. The birds prey mainly on insects which are characteristically caught in flight. Fruits supplement the diet occasionally. Due to their wide range and since the birds are quite opportunistic in their habitat choice, they are still common and the species is not considered threatened. The photographs in this post were taken in Panama in March 2014.

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbirds

Tropical Kingbirds

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

5 responses to “Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

    • 🙂 great! After my first short visit to Panama last year, I definitely know that I have to go back to Central America for some “serious” bird watching!! 🙂

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