Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
The most common kingbird in the West. It can be found in any open habitat with scattered trees. It has a relatively heavy bill, a grayish head, lighter gray breast, whitish throat and yellow belly. The darker gray ear coverts and lores contrast against the whitish throat and give the appearance of a mask. The back is grayish with a greenish wash and the wings are darker brownish gray. The tail is black with white outer edges and is slightly notched.
This Western Kingbird was found with a head injury on one side, but the eye was still functioning. The injury healed and the bird was released.
Photo taken 7/1/01.