Living Bird Magazine
Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Tyrannidae
An extremely common and widespread bird of the American tropics, the Tropical Kingbird barely reaches the United States in south Texas and southern Arizona.More ID Info
- Tirano Pirirí (Spanish)
- Tyran mélancolique (French)
- Cool Facts
- Although a widespread bird and a seemingly typical kingbird, the Tropical Kingbird is among the most specialized of flycatchers. It forages almost exclusively by sallying after large flying insects.
- The Tropical Kingbird has become a regular fall visitor to the Pacific Coast of the United States. Nearly every year a few wandering kingbirds are discovered there. Most of these are immature birds.