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Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus Camden State Park Minnesota May 20, 2016

Updated on May 21, 2016

I went for a short hike at Camden State Park, hoping to see one of my favorite birds, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It wasn't until near the end of my visit when I finally saw it. I got some short video footage of this Eastern Kingbird sitting in the tree. Awesome! I hope you enjoy this video and some information from the Sibley Guide to Birds below. Thank you.

Eastern Kingbird

Tyrannus tyrannus

Like other kingbirds, the Eastern Kingbird is a conspicuous gray and white bird found in open areas with scattered trees and bushes, perching on wires or treetops to watch for flying insects.

Smaller with narrower and more pointed wings than other kingbirds.

Voice: Song of sharp, rasping or sputtering notes in series ending with emphatic descending buzz kdik kdik kdik PIKaPIKa PIKa kzeeeer; elements often given separately. Most frequently heard call a sharp, buzzy kzeer. Dawn song is a high, rapid, electric rattling building to crescendo kiu kittttttttttttiu ditide.

All species in the genus Tyrannus have an orange or red median crown-stripe usually concealed by the dark crown feathers; the stripe is brightest in adult male and exposed only during displays.

Works Cited

Sibley, D. A. The Sibley Guide to Birds. New York City: Chanticleer Press, Inc. (2000): 335.


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      Mary Wickison 17 months ago from Brazil

      I've never seen the Eastern Kingbird before.

      Here at our home in Brazil we get a few different ones of the same family. The tropical kingbird, the cattle tyrant and the water tyrant. Although they are all after insects, their hunting techniques are different. The kingbird will sit on a branch or a wire and swoop down on its victim catching it in mid flight. The cattle tyrant walks along the grass, even following my husband when he is using the brush cutter, catching any insects which jump out of the way of the brush cutter. The little water tyrants stick close to the lake and the lawn.

      We feel so lucky to have such a wide variety of birds visiting our area.