Cassin's Kingbird Life History


Habitat Open WoodlandsFound in open country with scattered trees or open woodlands.Back to top


Food InsectsFlying insects, some fruit.Back to top


Behavior FlycatchingCaptures most prey by aerial hawking from an elevated perch. Also grabs insects on ground.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernCassin's Kingbird numbers were stable between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 6 million, with 35% spending part of the year in the U.S., and 99% in Mexico. The species rates a 9 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Cassin's Kingbird is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List.Back to top


Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sauer, J. R., D. K. Niven, J. E. Hines, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr., K. L. Pardieck, J. E. Fallon, and W. A. Link (2017). The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966–2015. Version 2.07.2017. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

Tweit, Robert C. and Joan C. Tweit. 2000. Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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