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Any of various flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus found throughout the Americas, especially T. tyrannus.

[From their habit of aggressively defending their territories by chasing away other birds.]


(Animals) any of several large American flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus, esp T. tyrannus (eastern kingbird or bee martin)



any of several large, pugnacious New World flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus.
[1770–80, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kingbird - large American flycatcherkingbird - large American flycatcher    
New World flycatcher, tyrant bird, tyrant flycatcher, flycatcher - large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
genus Tyrannus, Tyrannus - type genus of the Tyrannidae: tyrant flycatchers
Arkansas kingbird, western kingbird - a kingbird seen in western United States; head and back are pale grey and the breast is yellowish and the tail is black
Cassin's kingbird, Tyrannus vociferans - a kingbird seen in the southwestern United States; largely grey with a yellow abdomen
eastern kingbird - a kingbird that breeds in North America and winters in tropical America; distinguished by a white band on the tip of the tail
gray kingbird, grey kingbird, petchary, Tyrannus domenicensis domenicensis - a kingbird that breeds in the southeastern United States and winters in tropical America; similar to but larger than the eastern kingbird
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I suspected this might be the case when I saw thousands of eastern kingbirds still in the Amazon two weeks ago, flying through on their way north from Argentina just as they normally do.
His own studies of eastern kingbirds in North America found that large males that sang early were especially successful in fathering chicks with other males' mates.
Exceptions in June 2008 were Red-winged Blackbirds, which probably nested or foraged in wet wire zones, American Goldfinches, which foraged in wire zones, and Eastern Kingbirds (Tyrannus tyrannus), which used the towers as perches and possibly as nest sites as at the Green Lane Research and Demonstration Area (RDA) (Yahner et al.
In North America, the Breeding Bird Survey has recently charted a relentless decline of around one percent a year in the population of bobolinks, eastern kingbirds, Kentucky warblers and wood thrush.
In addition to stunning waterside vistas, walkers catch sight of rufous-breasted hummingbirds, gray kingbirds, and other rain-forest denizens that find shelter in the jungle-like surroundings thick with ferns, mosses, and other epiphytes.
Birders usually explore trails on Elliott Key by day, searching for Caribbean specialties such as black-whiskered vireos, gray kingbirds, or white-crowned pigeons.
Kingbirds are worthy of their scientific name, Tyrannus tyrannus, which translates from the Greek tyrannos, meaning "lord," a reference to their lordly domination of the air spaces.