Merlin

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Identification

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  • Size & Shape

    Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are slender, stout-billed kingbirds with very long, stiff, deeply forked tails. Males have longer tail feathers than females and immatures.

    Relative Size

    Smaller and more slender overall than an American Robin, but can seem larger because of the very long tail; larger than an Eastern Phoebe.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 8.7-14.6 in (22-37 cm)
      • Weight: 1.3-2.0 oz (36-56 g)