There are four photos on this page:
1. Eastern Kingbird,
2. Eastern Kingbird,
mid-nestling, wings extended
3. Orphaned Eastern Kingbirds,
4. Eastern Kingbirds
in the aviary, prior to release.
Aptly named Tyrannus tyrannus, these birds are related
to Phoebes and truly
are tyrants! Relatively large members of the Flycatcher family,
Kingbirds are fearless and have been known to attack large hawks
-- and even airplanes! Yet a fully grown Kingbird is only about
eight inches long, slightly smaller than a robin.
Kingbirds eat mostly insects and some berries. They usually
nest near water. Eastern Kingbirds winter in Central and South
These three Kingbirds were rescued from a pond when their
nest fell into the water. Weak and waterlogged when admitted
to us, they were successfully rehabilitated and released. Directly
upon release from the aviary, one of these young Kingbirds immediately
raced toward a distant Crow in flight, and drove it completely
out of the area!
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