Kingbirds are black and white birds that can often be found by ponds. They perch on cattails awaiting their prey (insects).


An Eastern Kingbird.


There are two types of Kingbirds: the Eastern Kingbird and the Western Kingbird.

The Eastern is black and gray. It also has a white breast, belly, and tips on its tail.

The Western Kingbird is gray and olive-colored with a yellow belly and white tail feathers.

Both species have hidden red feathers on their heads. The bird is about 8.5 inches long with a wingspan of 15 inches.


The Kingbird's diet is mainly made up of insects.


Kingbird's nests are commonly poorly constructed. They are made of course twigs and shaped like a shallow cup. The nests are usually in the crotch of a tree or shrub 5-17 feet above the ground. They are sometimes found over water.


Females lay 2-3 seashell-pink spotted eggs. The female Kingbird incubates the eggs for 12-14 days. Then, the male helps feed the young for 16-18 days.