Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Other Names: Texas bird-of-paradise, swallowtailed flycatcher

Distribution: Texas and northeastern Mexico; may be found in south Florida in winter.

Description:

Size: 36-37 cm in length.

Plumage: Adults have a bright salmon-pink side and underside and a pale off-white head, upper back, and breast. More than half its length is the very long and deeply forked black and white tail. Juveniles are similar, but have a shorter tail and lack the bright pink coloration. The legs, beak, and eyes are black.

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Eats
meal-worms
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Sounds
chirping
Habitat
agricultural
savanna
Urban
Grasslands
Color
gray
Body Shape
perching
Size
large
medium
Order
tyrant flycatchers - tyrannidae
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern