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Tyrannus tyrannus. Case 7, Fig. 6
Note the white-tipped tail; young birds lack the orange crest. L. 8.
Range. North America; nests from northern Florida to Canada; winters in South America, reaching Florida in March.
Washington, common S.R., Apl. 18-Sept. 23. Ossining, common S.R., Apl. 29-Sept. 10. Cambridge, common S.R. May 5-Sept. 1. N. Ohio, common S.R., Apl. 20-Sept. 15. Glen Ellyn, fairly common S.R., Apl. 16-Sept. 6. SE. Minn., common S.R., Apl. 26-Aug. 31.
A valiant defender of his home who, at the approach of Crow or Hawk, utters his steely, chattering, battle-cry and sallies forth to attack. Fearlessly he plunges down on an enemy many times his size who dodging this way and that beats a hasty retreat before his active, aggressive assailant. In the fall migration Kingbirds gather in loose flocks.
The nest is placed near the end of a branch about 20 feet up; the 3-5 white eggs spotted with dark brown, are laid in May.
Calls or song.
dzeet and tzi, tzeet, tzi, tzeet, tzi, tzeet
Population and distribution.
The Eastern Kingbird nests in trees, shrubs, and birdhouses and lays 3-5 white eggs in May.