Eastern Kingbird

(Tyrannus tyrannus)

Conservation Status
Eastern Kingbird
Photo by Lynn Rubey
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding


not listed






8½ in length

15 wingspan




Similar Species


Open savanna-like areas, often near water, fragmented forest clearings




Mid-April to late September












Common to abundant migrant and breeder




The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

  Class Aves (birds)  


Passeriformes (perching birds)  


Tyrannidae (tyrant flycatchers)  


Tyrannus (kingbirds)  

Subordinate Taxa






Lanius tyrannus











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Nancy Falkum

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Lynn Rubey


Eastern Kingbird near the entrance of The Big Stone National Wildlife auto tour road near Ortonville, Mn.

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Kirk Nelson

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Eastern Kingbird
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

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Eastern Kingbird
JMC Nature Photos

  Eastern Kingbird  

Craig A. Mullenbach




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Other Videos
  Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannidae: Tyrannus tyrannus)
Carl Barrentine

Uploaded on Jun 12, 2010

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (11 June 2010).

  Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus - tyrant flycatcher -- migration birds
Colombia Wildlife - Oswaldo Cortes

Published on May 6, 2013

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus - tyrant flycatcher -- Aves migratorias Colombia -- migration birds

  Eastern Kingbird

Uploaded on Jun 19, 2009

Eastern Kingbird recorded by George Jameson.

  Eastern Kingbird

Published on Aug 27, 2013

The Eastern Kingbird is a common flycatcher throughout most of North America. It can be seen in open country, woodland clearings, orchards, farms, roadsides, wires. It is black above, white below with a conspicuous white band at tip of its dark tail. A red crown patch is usually concealed. It sits on exposed perches and sallies forth to snap up insects. It chases away much larger birds by diving on their backs. The song is a high squeaky chattering "kt'zee" and "zeer" calls sounding like electrical sparks.

  Birds USA... Eastern Kingbird, New Haven, Indiana

Published on Sep 21, 2013

Solo birding trip....

Tyrannus tyrannus

New Haven parks and recreation, Indiana, USA 09-08-2013




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  Michele Steffl

Location: Lake Wilson, MN

for three days it has been attempting to get in or is attacking our windows.

  Nancy Falkum

Location: Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

Eastern Kingbird  

Location: Frazee, Minnesota

Eastern Kingbird  

Location: rural Northfield, MN

  Lynn Rubey

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

Eastern Kingbird near the entrance of The Big Stone National Wildlife auto tour road near Ortonville, Mn.

Eastern Kingbird  
  Kaitlyn Orwoll

Location: Oxbow Park, Oxbow Park Dr, Byron, MN 55920, United States

  Kirk Nelson

Location: Myre-Big Island State Park, Freeborn County

Near the Prairie View Trail in Myre-Big Island State Park

Eastern Kingbird  
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