22 November, 2010

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Tyrannus savana

Population Estimate: 5M-50M

Range / Habitat: Breeds from central Mexico through central Argentina. Known to wander wildly, with sightings in the eastern United States up to Canada. Found on dry savanna and moist shrubland.

Field Notes: Tyrant flycatcher, grey above, white below with black cap and exceptionally long forked tail. Tail longest in males, shorter in females, and shortest in juveniles. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, with whom it overlaps in southern Mexico and Central America in winter, lacks the black cap and has a relatively shorter tail.

Personal Notes: Seen on Mennonite farmland in central Belize.

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