Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

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Adult

Slender, stout-billed flycatcher with a very long, deeply forked tail. Pale gray with blackish wings and tail and salmon-pink flanks and under belly.

Juvenile

Juveniles have shorter tails than adults and are pale gray overall without the salmon wash on the flanks and under belly.

Adult

In flight, salmon-colored shoulders and underwings are visible. Note extremely long, forked tail.

Juvenile

Juveniles have a pale gray head and back and a shorter tail than adults.

Adult

Breeds in open habitats in the southern Great Plains and south Texas, especially around scattered trees or utility lines.

Recommended Citation

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/sctfly