Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus savana


David Wilcove
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eBird Checklist S29070392
Mariner's Club, North Key Largo, Florida
Monroe, Florida, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 25.0726, -80.4625 Map



Mariner's Club, North Key Largo, FL (c) Stuart Pimm

Observation details

Brett Scheffers and I discovered the bird and immediately alerted Stuart Pimm, who obtained excellent photographs. The upright stance of the bird, coupled with its pointed but somewhat wide bill indicated a New World flycatcher. Description: Black crown extending slightly below the eye and nape, contrasting sharply with a grayish back and wings (wings showing a very slight brownish tint; no wing bars); immaculate white underparts, including throat; tail very striking, with multiple long, dark gray retrices; one retrix in particular was extremely long (significantly longer than the body of the bird) and heavily abraded retrix. This suggests to me the bird was molting. In direct comparison with a Gray Kingbird, the Fork-tailed Flycatcher had a noticeably smaller bill and smaller body size (excluding tail, of course). During the time of observation, the flycatcher several times gleaned fruit from the tree in which it was perched. Note: the photograph below was taken by Stuart Pimm (Duke University) and should not be used without his permission.

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