Fork-tailed Flycatcher

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Common Name: Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Scientific Name: Tyrannus savana

Size: 14-16 nches (37-41cm) including tail

Habitat: North and South America. Its breeding range is found from central Mexico to central Argentina where it is usually found year round except for the southern parts of its range where it retreats northward for the winter. This species is also known to wander widely. It has occurred on a few occasions in the United States and Canada. This bird occurs in a wide variety of habitats including pastures, riparian forests, and open residential areas with scattered trees.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 5,000,000 - 50,000,000 Mature individuals.

Diet: Insects and other arthropods; will switch to berries and small fruits during winter if insects become scarce.

Breeding: Builds a shallow cup nest 1-10m in a shrub or short tree. Females normally lay 2-3 eggs.

Cool Facts: The Fork-tailed Flycatcher has the longest tail in the Flycatcher family, even longer than it’s cousin, the Scissor-tailed flycatcher.

Found in Songbird ReMix Cool and Unusual Birds 2

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