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Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Alex. E. Jahn, Philip C. Stouffer, and R. Terry Chesser


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Large and big-headed flycatcher with a long, heavy bill. Bright yellow below with a whitish throat. The head is gray with a darker gray ear patch.


Large flycatcher with a long notched tail. The tail is entirely brown unlike Western and Cassin's Kingbird. Bright yellow below with a gray head and darker ear patch.

Adult and juvenile

Large tropical flycatcher that often perches in the open. Bright yellow below with a notched tail.


Vocal, big-headed flycatcher with a long notched tail. Yellow below with a whitish throat and a gray head. Note long bill.


Found in open country with scattered trees and shrubs.

Recommended Citation

Jahn, A. E., P. C. Stouffer, and R. T. Chesser (2013). Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.