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Cassin's Kingbird (9759) | by Bob Walker (NM)
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Cassin's Kingbird (9759)

The Cassin's Kingbird is one of the two more common Kingbirds that visit in the summer. Cassin's Kingbirds are the first to arrive in April and they stay until mid September, whereas the Western Kingbird arrive a month later and stay perhaps a couple of weeks longer. They are similar-looking birds, but the Cassin's has a much more sharply defined white area below the bill, whereas the Western's throat is a more diffuse grayish white. The Cassin's Kingbird is quite vocal, calling loudly in small flocks high in the pine trees.

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Taken on May 26, 2020