Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus forficatusYowza! Kinda gobsmacking, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Tyrannus forficatusTyrannus forficatus is a backyard bird in Texas.Tyrannus forficatusWe saw them every day. They’re the state bird of Oklahoma, too, where my mother was born. See it on the OK quarter. Tyrannus forficatusThe males have longer tails, and more intense coloring. Look for the orange underwings. And those salmon flanks!Tyrannus forficatusThe tail looks absurd, shameless showboating, and in the males the length is probably a marker for females, but these forked tails also make for sharp mid-air acrobatics, stalling and turning, just the thing for taking insects on the wing.Tyrannus forficatusIt’s Earth Day. Of course, here at Backyard and Beyond, every day is Earth Day. I hope you’re subscribing to these posts to celebrate with me.

2 Responses to “Scissor-tailed Flycatcher”


  1. 1 Kevin Dann April 22, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Happy Earth Day Matthew! Your photos of that outlandish flycatcher are wonderful. I’d settle for a glimpse or earful of a great-crested today. . .

  2. 2 vicki brown April 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for reminding us everyday to mind the Earth.


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