Western kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

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The Western Kingbird is similar to several other species of kingbirds: Tropical and Couch's Kingbirds have forked tails and dark cheeks, Cassin's Kingbird has a darker breast, Western Kingbird has white outer tail feathers, Thick-billed Kingbird usually has whiter underparts and has a darker head. Brown-crested, Ash-throated and Great Crested Flycatchers are somewhat similar but have darker, browner crowns and brown and rusty tails (Western's is black and white).

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.