Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Eastern Kingbird

I have posted before that, when we were in the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador,  Erika and I often saw large flocks of Eastern Kingbirds. Apparently the flocks are maintained until after the birds migrate into North America. Last May, John Holden and I found about a dozen Eastern Kingbirds along the Wells Lake causeway in southern Rice County. Curiously, in South America, these kingbirds eat fruit, whereas here they rely on flying insects (Murphy 1996).

One of these days I will succeed in photographing a male kingbird’s scarlet crown.  Looks like I came close with this bird. Meanwhile, compare this photo with that of the Gray Kingbird. Note the much larger size of the Gray Kingbird’s bill.

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