SE Colorado Birding

Birding and discussion: A conservation-oriented birding blog that emphasizes low-impact birding and sustainable birding practices together with the enjoyment of birds. Southeast Colorado offers a diversity of habitats which provide premiere birding opportunities. Save Sabal Palm

Monday, May 14, 2007

Tyrants of the bird kingdom

These pics are of an Eastern Kingbird, one of the species in the family named "Tyrannus" which means tyrant or despot. It also means king, presumably the reason they are called kingbirds. The Eastern and its cousins the Western and Cassin's that are found in SE Colorado live up to their tyranical name as they are all quite agressive, often feuding with other kingbirds as well as other species Their high-pitched squabbling call is often heard from these quarrelsome birds throughout the breeding season.


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