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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher     Tyrannus forficatus

The breeding grounds for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher are around Texas, Oklahoma and the adjacent states.  During the fall and winter months, they migrate to Mexico and Central America.  A few end up in central and south Florida.

Adult birds have a pale grayish-white head, back and breast with an orange-buff belly. Their dark wings are edged in white.  They have salmon-pink flanks that extend to the underwings. The most conspicuous feature is their long and sharply forked black and white tails.  Males have longer tails than females and juveniles.  The overall length of these birds can vary from 10-15 inches, depending on sex and age.

These flycatchers are found in prairies and open fields where they can be seen sitting on isolated tress or bushes or on fences and overhead wires.  They feed on insects, usually grasshoppers, crickets, and beetles.  They are often seen in pairs or small groups.