Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

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The Tropical Kingbird is a very common bird in the cities. It is easy to find it perched on high tension wires, doing short and fast flights to hunt insects in the air. Its Portuguese popular name has an onomatopoeic origin, because it makes a loud vocalization “si-ri-ri”!

Name in Portuguese: Suiriri

Family: Tyrannidae

Size: 21 cm

Sexual dimorphism: not

Feeding: insects and fruits

Habitat: open areas and cities

Similar species: White-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus albogularis)


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