Nature Journal
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Eastern Kingbird Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Large head
- Often feeds by flying out to catch insects and then
   returning to the same perch
- Often perches in an exposed location, for example, the
   very top of a tree or on a fence
- Frequents open habitats: agricultural areas and
   streams

Adult

- Black tail with white terminal band
- Blackish upperparts
- Whitish underparts
- Red crown patch rarely visible

Juvenile

- Upperparts browner than adult

Similar species

The Eastern Kingbird is easily told from other similar kingbirds by its white terminal tail band and black and white plumage. Waxwings have yellow terminal tail bands.
 
 
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