Couch's Kingbird

Tyrannus couchii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

COKI

Code 6

TYRCOU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Couch's Kingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 490,000 square kilometers. It is native to Belize, Mexico, United States, and Guatemala and prefers forest, shrubland, and grassland ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in plantations and urban areas. The global population of this bird is estimated at 1,700,000 individuals and it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of Couch's Kingbird is Least Concern.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Couch's Kingbird: Large flycatcher, olive-green upperparts, gray head, dark eye patch, white throat, bright yellow underparts. Wings and slightly forked tail are dark. Black legs and feet. Difficult to distinguish from Tropical Kingbird. Slow fluttering flight on shallow wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Couch's Kingbird: Range from the mid-Texas coast and Tamaulipas south along eastern Mexico into the entire Yucatan Peninsula including Belize and northern Guatemala. Found in scrubby woodland, forests and forest edges, plantations, savannas, brushy stream-side thickets and fence-rows. In Yucatan they are common in scrubby interior forest and uncommon in arid beach scrub.

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Couch's Kingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Couch's Kingbird NN1

Song is a nasal series of whistles.

Couch's Kingbird C1

Call is a high-pitched "breeear".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"s'wee-s'wee-s'wee-s'wee-I-chu", "breeeear", "kip".

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Couch's Kingbird is very similar to the more widespread Tropical Kingbird. The two were considered the same species for nearly one hundred years, but they can be separated by voice and very subtle morphological characters.
  • The name of this bird commemorates the soldier and naturalist Darius N. Couch.
  • 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

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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