Eastern Kingbird: Dr. J. Murray Speirs

The eastern Kingbird is a familiar roadside bird in Ontario during the warmer months.

Eastern Kingbird

It frequently builds its nest out in the open and does not hesitate to attack any interloper, even much larger birds: hence its name.

Eastern Kingbird

This is a medium-sized flycatcher, smaller than a robin and larger than a House Sparrow.

Eastern Kingbird

The white underparts, black upper parts and white tip to the tail are its distinguishing characteristics.

Eastern Kingbird

It often perches on roadside wires or dead twigs and sallies forth to snap up a passing insect, returning again to its original perch.

Eastern Kingbird

It utters a defiant “dickle-dickle-dickle” when defending its nest.

Dr. J. Murray Speirs

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