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Western Kingbird, Tyrannus verticalis

Range of the Western Kingbird

The Western Kingbird spends the summer in California. They are absent from the Mojave desert. They are also found in the Owens valley and Sierras above 5000 ft.

Migration of the Western Kingbird

The Western Kingbird arrives from Mexico and Central America in March and leaves at the end of summer.

Diet of the Western Kingbird

The Western Kingbird's diet consists mainly of insects. They rarely eat seeds and berries.

How to attract the Western Kingbird

The Western Kingbird likes open areas and short perches. They are often seen on fence wires. They will inhabit scrub lands as well as chaparral. They dislike high weeds, heavy brush, or timber. They love the interface areas.

Habitat/plant community used by the Western Kingbird

The Western Kingbird uses dry open areas.

Click on these plant community links to learn more about specific plant material and climates.

Croplands

Valley grassland

Pinyon-Juniper woodland

Chaparral

Sagebrush scrub

Nesting habitat used by the Western Kingbird

The Western Kingbird nests in willows and cotton woods, oaks and occasionally on telephone poles or fence posts. They are quite aggressive to other species near their nesting site and dive-bomb them.

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Western kingbird will not let us get within 100 feet of him
an old photo of California Valley, the north end of Carrizo plains in flower - grid24_12
The Western Kingbird likes open grassland with fences or tall objects for perching.
An old long photo of Western Kingbird. - grid24_6
The western kingbird likes to perch on fences in fields about 100 feet away from you.