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Gray Kingbird

Tyrannus dominicensis

Description:

This lovely bird has a gray head down over the back of the neck, and extending over the back and wings. The ear-coverts are blackish. It has a large, black bill which has a hooked tip on the upper mandible (see pic 1).

Habitat:

Found floating around the same orange orchard as the Bananaquit and Jaco Parrot, along segment 10 of the Waitukubuli Trail (Colihaut Heights to Syndicate) near Syndicate, Dominica.

Notes:

These birds hunt in a very similar fashion to the rainbow bee-eater (and probably other bee-eaters as well) in that it catches its insect on the wing then perches and proceeds to beat it against what it's perched on - powerline, tree branch etc. I also think the sound they make is quite similar to the rainbow bee-eater because that is initially how I determined it was a flycatcher! They were a common feathered friend around Dominica :) Reference for identification: "Dominica's Birds", p94, Arlington James, Stephen Durand, and Bertrand Jno. Baptiste, 2005

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Saint John Parish, Dominica

Lat: 15.52, Long: -61.43

Spotted on Jan 7, 2015
Submitted on Feb 22, 2015

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