Western Kingbird Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Western Kingbirds are fairly large flycatchers with large heads and broad shoulders. They have heavy, straight bills, long wings, and a medium-length, square-tipped tail.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than an American Robin; larger than a Black Phoebe.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.9-9.4 in (20-24 cm)
      • Weight: 1.3-1.6 oz (37-46 g)
      • Wingspan: 15.0-16.1 in (38-41 cm)