Eastern Kingbird – Tyrannus tyrannus – also known as Le tyran tritri (French), Koningstiran (Dutch), Schieferrücken – Königstyrann (German), Tiranno orientale (Italian), Tirano Oriental (Spanish), östlig kungstyrann (Swedish).
Well, this bird certainly has the coolest scientific name with “Tyrannus tyrannus.” I must admit, also, that I thought at first glance this was a swallow of some sort, and I only snapped 4 or 5 pictures. When I got home I noticed the longer bill and the white-tipped tail feathers. The people over at WhatBird helped me identify him as the Eastern Kingbird, which is in the flycatcher family, not the swallow/swift/martin family.
The Eastern Kingbird can be found in almost all of the continental United States and most of Canada – but only in the summer. During the summer, however, it is one of the most widespread and common species (although this is the first and only time I’ve ever noticed them!).
Males and females look similar.
Taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens on July 8, 2007 at the Cameron Woods State Preserve Scott County, Iowa (near Davenport and Maysville).
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus tyran tritri Koningstiran Schieferrücken - Königstyrann Tiranno orientale Tirano Oriental östlig kungstyrann Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D Sigma 70-300mm Cameron Woods State Preserve Davenport Maysville Iowa