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.
The Western Kingbird arrives from Mexico and Central America in March and leaves at the end of summer.
The Western Kingbird's diet consists mainly of insects. They rarely eat seeds and berries.
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.
The Western Kingbird uses dry open areas.
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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.