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Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

 

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Migration Info Human activity has greatly affected the breeding range of this familiar western species, which is now common in parts of the Great Plains where it was once unknown. The winter distribution of this species has also changed in the last 60 years: Western Kingbirds are commonly reported along the U.S. Gulf coast each winter, and the species is now considered a regular winter resident in southern Florida. Upon arrival in his breeding territories, the Western Kingbird immediately demonstrates the source of his name; he is the king of his immediate area, chasing off all intruders.

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