Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus,

Tropical Kingbirds are large flycatchers that are bright yellow underneath and gray on the back. Their wings and tail are gray-brown.

  • Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Length: 7.1-9.1 in (18-23 cm)
  • Weight: 1.1-1.5 oz (32-43 g)


Tropical Kingbirds are usually resident in Central and South America however, they do move north into southern US states for breeding and occasionally on the Pacific Coast of the US.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Tropical Kingbirds in open country with plenty of flying insects. They will also eat fruit and berries.

Tropical Kingbird Song:


Nests of Tropical Kingbirds are built high up in trees by the female and are a messy collection of twigs, vines, and grass, into which she lays around three eggs.

Fun Fact:

Tropical Kingbirds nest near wasps or blackbirds, which are known to fiercely defend their nests and chase predators away.