Western Kingbird
(Tyrannus verticalis)

Western Kingbird

These nongame birds inhabit desert and submontane elevations with scattered trees. They nest in deciduous, isolated woodlands along the lower valley streams. Nests are bulky, twiggy, neatly-lined saucers which are built in shrubs, trees, or man-made structures. Nesting occurs in May and Aune. Occasionally, two broods will be raised. Incubation by the female requires 12-14 days. The young fledge in another 16-17 days. Kingbirds feed primarily on flying insects. The population trend is stable.

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