8-9" (20-23 cm). White below; blackish head and tail, dusky back and wings. Tail is white tipped, wings have slight white edging.
Similar Species- Western Kingbird
A series of kit-kit-kit that speeds up and then has a two-noted, higher pitched ending.
Breeds across portions of Canada, south to northeastern California, Utah, New Mexico, Gulf Coast, and Florida. Winters in portions of South America.
Eats mainly insects, but will also eat seeds and small fruits.
Forages in air, on ground, or on water surface. Builds cup-shaped nest, usually midway in tree; may nest on fence post or stump. Will harass larger birds, and defend nest against humans.
Female incubates 3-5 eggs for 12-13 days (perhaps longer). Young are tended by both parents, and leave nest at about 13-14 days. Parents continue to feed young for up to 5 additional wk.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
No references are available at this time.