Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
- HABITAT - Eastern kingbirds are found in open, savanna-like habitats, often near water. They occur in fields and grasslands with scattered tall trees for nesting and perching. Eastern Kingbirds breed throughout most of eastern North America. In winter, they live in flocks in the South American tropical forest, dining on berries.
- DIET - Eastern kingbirds eat insects during the breeding season and both insects and fruit in winter. They forage by watching from a perch and then flying out to catch insects. May capture food in mid-air, or may hover while taking items from foliage. They will also pounce on insects on the ground.
- FACTS - Eastern Kingbirds can be rather aggressive toward larger birds and predators that enter their territories or come near the nest. That’s how they earned their common name and their Scientific name of Tyrannus.