White-throated Kingbird Tyrannus albogularis

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The White-throated Kingbird is an inhabitant of gallery forest and open savanna from Venezuela south to Bolivia.  The White-throated Kingbird has a pale grey head with a semi-concealed yellow coronal patch, a dusky-black eyeline, olive-green upperparts, bright yellow underparts and a dull blackish-brown tail and wings.  White-throated Kingbirds can be distinguished from the similar Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) by their slightly smaller size, square-ended tail, greyer back, whiter throat and paler underparts.  When foraging, the White-throated Kingbird sallys fors insects from a perch 3 to 4 m above the ground.  An austral migrant, the White-throated Kingbird migrates to the western Amazon as far north as Colombia during the southern winter.    

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

White-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus albogularis), 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/whtkin1