Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Adult birds have pale gray heads and upper parts, light underparts, salmon-pink flanks, and dark gray wings. Their extremely long, forked tails, which are black on top and white on the underside, are characteristic and unmistakeable. At maturity, the bird may be up to 14.5 inches in length. Immature birds are duller in color and have shorter tails.

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) is a long-tailed insect-eating bird closely related to the kingbirds found in North and Central America. A scissor-tailed flycatcher in flight near Glenrose, Texas. Adult birds have pale gray heads and upper parts, light underparts, salmon-pink flanks, and dark gray wings. Their extremely long, forked tails, which are black on top and white on the underside, are characteristic and unmistakeable. At maturity, the bird may be up to 14.5 inches (37 cm) in length. More

* The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher forms large premigratory roosts in late summer, with up to 1,000 birds in one flock. They often roost near towns, perhaps taking advantage of the large trees as roosting sites. * The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher uses many human products in its nest, such as string, cloth, paper, carpet fuzz, and cigarette filters. More

Dictionary: scissor-tailed flycatcher (sĭz'ər-tāld') pronunciation Home > Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary n. A flycatcher (Muscivora forficata) of the southwest United States, Mexico, and Central America, having a long forked tail. Home of Wiki & Reference Answers, the world’s leading Q&A siteReference AnswersEnglish▼English▼ Deutsch Español Français Italiano Tagalog * * Search unanswered questions... More

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher has a large range estimated at 1,400,000 square kilometers. Native to North and Central America and nearby island nations, this bird prefers forest, savanna, grassland, or shrubland ecosystems, though it can live on pastureland or in urban areas. The global population of this bird is estimated at 7,900,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is Least Concern. More

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is 14 inches long (36 cm), of which more than half is a very long and deeply forked black and white tail. The adult has bright salmon-pink sides and belly with a head, upper back, and breast that is pale grayish white. More

Tyrant, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Fork-tailed Flycatcher have a larger total length, but this is mainly due to their very long tails. A number of species previously included in this family are now placed in the family Tityridae (see Systematics). More

The scissor-tailed flycatcher is one of 360 flycatcher species that inhabit the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Thirty-five flycatcher species are found in Texas. The scissor-tail ranges from southern Nebraska to southern Texas, migrating southward in the fall to Mexico and Central America. During that migration, flocks of up to 50 or more birds assemble across the Texas plains and line the roadside fences. More

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers breed in open grassland and savanna from southern Nebraska to the Rio Grande Valley, as far west as southeastern New Mexico and as far east as central Arkansas. Within this range, they may also be found in pastures, parks, golf courses, and agricultural fields. The species winters from southern Mexico to Costa Rica. In spring and fall, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers rarely but recurrently wander throughout the United States and southern Canada, to both coasts. More

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: Song is a harsh sharp "bik" or "kew." Call is a dry, buzzing chattering "ka-quee-ka-quee" or repeated "ka-lup." Similar Species Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: Fork-tailed Flycatcher has a black head and white sides and flanks, it is a casual to accidental vagrant. Western Kingbird is similar to the short-tailed juvenile but has yellow underparts, olive-green tinted back, and a squared tail. . More

insects off vegetation (see photo of scissor-tailed flycatcher in flight on the state children's song page). Oklahoma is the center of the nesting range of the scissor-tailed flycatcher, a strikingly beautiful and graceful bird (sometimes called swallowtailed flycatcher). In late summer large flocks of up to 1,000 birds form prior to migration to their winter range in southern Mexico and Central America (with some in southern Florida). More

scissor-tailed flycatcher had to defeat in order to secure the position of state bird of Oklahoma. House Joint Resolution No. 21, designating the scissor-tailed flycatcher the Oklahoma state bird, began with a group of Oklahoma school children. Before long, it won the strong support of Oklahoma's Audubon Society, garden clubs, other wildlife groups and, eventually, of Lou Allard, Chairman of the House Committee on Game and Fish. More

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher had been sighted in Orange, Massachusetts, an hour south of my home, but in the opposite direction from Dead Creek. I faced a dilemma. More

telephone wire, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is one of our most regal-looking song birds. In flight, it often spreads its tail feathers. Courtship displays are particularly spectacular with the male twirling and dancing in the air. Like their closely-related relatives, the kingbirds, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers can erect their crown feathers in a crest and can be very aggressive, especially in defending their nest. Both males and females have the distinctive long tail, but the male's tail is longer than the female's. More

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in flight Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Photo, Video and/or Article contributions are welcome! Please click here for info The Avianweb strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information; however, mistakes do happen. If you would like to correct or update any of the information, please send us an e-mail. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Tyrannidae
Genus : Tyrannus
Species : forficatus
Authority : (Gmelin, 1789)