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Cassin's King Bird

Cassin's King Bird
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Copyright: Lost Account (ashokmp) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 9 N: 38] (221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon N80, Tokina 100-300mm F4 ATX, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ashokmp-TrekNature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-06 10:07
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Points: 4
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Took this snap at Buena vista Lagoon, carlsbad

Cassin's kingbird [Tyrannus vociferans ]

Identification Tips:
Length: 7 inches
Large head

Often seen perched in exposed location where it flies out to catch insects and returns to the same perch

Adult: Dark, unforked tail with buffy fringe Gray head with slightly darker cheeks
Grayish-olive upperparts Pale throat and contrasting darker breast Yellow lower breast to undertail coverts

Plumage somewhat duller than adult
Pale edges to wings

Similar species:
The Cassin's Kingbird is similar to several other species of kingbirds and can best be identified by its dark breast band. Tropical and Couch's Kingbirds have forked tails and darker cheeks. Western Kingbird has white outer tail feathers. Thick-billed Kingbird usually has whiter underparts and has a darker head. Brown-crested, Ash-throated and Great Crested Flycatchers are somewhat similar but have darker, browner crowns and brown and rusty tails.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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To cuckooroller: thanks for identifying the birdashokmp 1 01-06 12:15
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Hi Ashok,
A Bee-eater?

This could be one of two species. First, it is a genus Tyrannus. The two possibles, in this location, and at this time of the year, are: Tyrannus verticalis (Western Kingbird); and Tyrannus vociferans (Cassin's Kingbird).

I was tempted to call this a verticalis for the lack of white retrical tips, but I think that this bird just has worn plumage. So, on the basis of the depth and distribution of the grey on the breast and lower throat, and, in particular, on the basis of the white malar zone extending from the lower mandibular insertion aborally to only about the level of the posterior eye canthus - Tyrannus vociferans (Cassin's Kingbird) for me.

Hello Ashok,
You have captured this bird beautifully against the blue sky. Good details and plumage - well done.

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