Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)


June 16, 2012

Tropical Kingbird

Nancy took this picture while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

The Tropical Kingbird is one of the most widespread and conspicuous inhabitants of open forest, forest edge, scrub, and agricultural land in its range. It keeps mostly to the upper level of trees, where it feeds on large insects. It is a large tyrant flycatcher, about 8.7 inches long with a wingspan of 15.5 inches. It weighs around 1.4 ounces.

These birds can be found in lower Arizona, both coasts of Mexico, all of Central America, and South America as far south as mid-Argentina. Those in Arizona and those south of Brazil migrate toward the equator after breeding season.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/8 for 1/250 sec at ISO 200. Exposure was increased ½ stop in post-processing.

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