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Forest and Rangeland Birds of the United States

Natural History and Habitat Use

Tropical Kingbird -- Tyrannus melancholicus


RANGE: Breeds from southeastern Arizona to South America. Winters in Mexico south to South America.

STATUS: Uncommon and local.

HABITAT: Inhabits groves of tall trees, especially cottonwoods, next to ponds or flowing streams at low elevations. Frequently occurs along with both the western and Cassin's kingbirds.

NEST AND FOOD: Has nesting and food habits similar to those of western and Cassin's kingbirds, with which it closely associates.

REFERENCES: Kaufman in Farrand 1983b, Terres 1980.


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