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Eastern Kingbirds Rule The Sky

The Eastern Kingbird’s scientific name, Tyrannus tyrannus, reflects its aggressive nature (“tyrannus” meaning tyrant, despot or king).  This feisty insectivore can be found perched on a tree or shrub often near wetlands where it periodically darts into the sky to retrieve its unsuspecting meal. When not securing food for itself or its young, it demonstrates its fierceness by defending its nest, mate and territory with vigor.  Whether vocalizing, displaying, chasing, or actually fighting with an interloper, Eastern Kingbirds are quick to establish dominance.

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3 responses

  1. sallyratcliffe70

    This is an apt post. Many years ago we had a nesting couple in our roof gutter. They took their roles seriously. We went out of our way to escape the tyranny while they were in residence

    July 11, 2022 at 1:37 pm

  2. Alice

    Birds all have different dispositions. Gold finches & House finches are always so sweet…the pair usually eats together at our feeder.

    July 11, 2022 at 1:43 pm

  3. I love watching them mob other birds that come into their territory.

    July 11, 2022 at 1:59 pm

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