Birds of the World BETA

    PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers, Calyptura)  
Genus: Tyrannus (13 species)


White-throated Kingbird
White-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus albogularis)
Range: SA: Amazonia and c Brazil
Santarem, Brazil  
   
Photograph by dfaulder     Copyright and usage info

Austral migrant to west Amazon from April to October. Note white throat and lack of olive chest vs. common [Tropical Kingbird].

Loggerhead Kingbird
Loggerhead Kingbird (Tyrannus caudifasciatus bahamensis)
Range: NA: Greater Antilles
Lucaya, Bahamas  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Couch's Kingbird
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii)
Range: NA, MA: s Texas, e Mexico to Belize
Estero Llano Grande State Park, Texas, United States  
   
Photograph by Andy Reago     Copyright and usage info

Couch's has a grey head, olive back, and yellow chest. It has a white chin (similar to [Western Kingbird] and [Tropical Kingbird]). The [Tropical Kingbird] has a yellow-olive chest, but it can be difficult to be sure in the field.

Thick-billed Kingbird
Thick-billed Kingbird (Tyrannus crassirostris)
Range: NA, MA: sw USA to Guatemala
Horsethief Canyon Park, California,  
   
Photograph by Matt Grube   © All Rights Reserved.


Giant Kingbird
Giant Kingbird (Tyrannus cubensis) Endangered
Range: NA: Cuba
La Belen National Park, Najasa, Camagüey, Cuba  
   
Photograph by Allan Hopkins     Copyright and usage info

Rare and local.

Grey Kingbird
Grey Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis dominicensis)
Range: NA: se USA and West Indies
Rand Nature Center, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Migrates north in the summer from South America to Caribbean, as does the [Black-whiskered Vireo] and [Swallow-tailed Kite].

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
Range: NA: c USA to ne Mexico
Carretera a PN Palo Verde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica  
   
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.



Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus melancholicus)
Range: NA, MA, SA: sw USA to c Argentina
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note yellow-olive chest and grey chin/throat to differentiate from various Central American and austral migratory species. Note however the Tropical Kingbird has a lighter chin/throat in Central America than the rest of its range. Common in most of its range, and always outside of the forest.
From front.

Snowy-throated Kingbird
Snowy-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus niveigularis)
Range: SA: sw Colombia to w Peru
Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque region, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Snowy-throated Kingbird
Snowy-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus niveigularis)
Range: SA: sw Colombia to w Peru
ACP Amotape, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
  Note white throat and chest.
   
Photograph by Fernando Angulo Pratolongo   © All Rights Reserved.


Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana sanctaemartae)
Range: MA, SA: s Mexico to Uruguay
Necocli, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Range: NA: widespread
Everglades National Park, Florida, USA  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Northern migrant.

Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Range: NA: nw, nc Canada to n Mexico
Lovewell State Park, Kansas,  
   
Photograph by Mdf (Wikipedia)     Copyright and usage info

Western has a light grey head, back and chest, with a white chin (like [Couch's Kingbird] and [Tropical Kingbird]). Western has no white edges on tail feathers, and has a greyish or greyish yellow chest (not an olive or bright yellow chest like those other two).

Cassin's Kingbird
Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans vociferans)
Range: NA, MA: s USA to Belize
Santa Maria, California, USA  
   
Photograph by Jamie Chavez     Copyright and usage info

Cassin's has a dark grey head, back and chest, with a white chin (like [Couch's Kingbird]). Similar to but darker than [Western Kingbird].


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