Thick-billed Kingbird

Tyrannus crassirostris

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

TBKI

Code 6

TYRCRA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Thick-billed Kingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 470,000 square kilometers. Native to Guatemala, Canada, the United States and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical shrubland, or forest ecosystems as well as dry savannas, inland wetlands, and plantations. The global population of this bird is estimated at 500,000 to 5,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Thick-billed Kingbird is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Thick-billed Kingbird: Large flycatcher with gray-brown upperparts, darker head, and seldom seen yellow crown patch. Throat and breast are gray-washed white, and belly and undertail coverts are pale yellow. Bill is large and black. Tail is gray-brown and slightly forked, edged with cinnamon-brown.

 

Range and Habitat

Thick-billed Kingbird: Native of Mexico; resident along the Pacific Coast of Mexico and the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Occurs in a few locations in Arizona and southern California. Breeds along permanent streams in lowlands and canyons, especially where large sycamores and cottonwoods grow.

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Thick-billed Kingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Thick-billed Kingbird A1

Call is a buzzy and rising "tch-uhrree".

Thick-billed Kingbird A2

Loud chatter and "tch-tchee" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"puareet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Thick-billed Kingbird is notably bold and aggressive, often attacking raptors straying near its territories.
  • A rare bird that was first discovered in the United States in 1958, the range of this Mexican species has expanded northward since the middle of the 20th century.
  • A group of kingbirds are collectively known as a "coronation", "court", and "tyranny" of kingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Kavita Jhunjhunwala

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X