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Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana

Alex. E. Jahn and D. T. Tuero
Version: 1.0 — Published April 19, 2013

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Fork-tailed Flycatcher is a distinctive inhabitant of grassland and open terrain from southern Mexico south to Argentina. Fork-tailed Flycatcher is mostly black and gray above with white underparts, and, as the name implies, has an extremely long forked tail. This flycatcher, which is a member of the kingbird genus Tyrannus, often perches prominently on the top of fence posts or shrubs; from such conspicuous perches, the flycatcher sallies after insects or hover-gleans to feed on fruit. The southernmost populations are migratory while populations in southern Mexico are resident. During migration Fork-tailed Flycatchers are very gregarious and may roost in flocks of up to 10,000 individuals.

Distribution of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Recommended Citation

Jahn, A. E. and D. T. Tuero (2013). Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.fotfly.01