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Couch's Kingbird

Tyrannus couchii ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: TYRANNIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large, brightly colored flycatcher of southern Texas and Mexico, the Couch's Kingbird is very similar to the more widespread Tropical Kingbird. The two were considered the same species for nearly one hundred years, but they can be separated by voice and very subtle morphological characters.

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Calls

  • song
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

A nasal "bihk" or "pik" and a buzzy, nasal "pitweeer," often combined, "pik pik pik pitweeer."

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