22 November, 2010

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Tyrannus forficatus

Population Estimate: 8M

Range / Habitat: Breeds in the southwestern US and into northeastern Mexico. Forms large premigratory roosts in late summer, with up to 1,000 birds in one flock. Winters in southern Mexico through Central America. Found on dry savanna, grassland, and moist shrubland.

Field Notes: Tyrant flycatcher, grey above and white below with salmon belly. Markedly long forked tail. Winter sympatric with Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Mexico and Central America, which has a black cap and a relatively longer tail.

Personal Notes: Seen on the Mennonite farmland in central Belize.

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