Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

The Tropical Kingbird is another common bird in all Costa Rica. It is pretty similar to the Western Kingbird, however the shape of the tale is distinctive. This bird perches on utility wires, jumping into the air to catch insects every few seconds, often making acrobatic movements in mid-air. They also perch on natural branches and even bamboo. Their yellow chest and belly with gray head and back can suggest other flycatchers, particularly the Great Kiskadee given its size, however the body shape is more streamline.

Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus - Sirirí Común
A very common bird in Costa Rica, we did see this species in various places in Colombia, but particularly around the towns and cities we visited.

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