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A large flycatcher of 19Â·5â€“24Â·1 cm 7.5-9Â½ in); wingspan 15-16.5 in.
Breeds in western North America from southern British Columbia east to Minnesota, western Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas south to Texas and the Mexican border. Winters in southern Mexico south to Costa Rica; also a few winter in southern Florida. Rare but regular vagrant throughout eastern North America north to Newfoundland. Accidental vagrant north of range to Alaska.
Open country with trees, shrubs, or tall man-made structures. Habitats include grassland, desert shrub, pasture, savanna, and urban areas.
They construct a sturdy open cup nest of grass stems, rootlets, fine twigs, bark and plant fibres, lined with soft material such as wool, cotton, hair, feathers, and cloth It is placed in trees or on man-made structures, such as utility poles and fence posts. The clutch consists of 2-7 eggs which are creamy white with heavy dark spots, concentrated around large end.
They time their breeding effort to when there is an abundance of insects.
Insects and occasionally berries. Perches upright on tall weeds, exposed branches, or wires before sweeping forward to catch insects in mid-air. They do not eat from most seed feeders.
A loud sharp kit Also chatters much like the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
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