French: Tyran gris German: Graukönigstyrann Spanish: Tirano dominicano
[Lanius Tyrannus] dominicensis
J. F. Gmelin
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Subspecies and Distribution
T. d. dominicensis
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – SE USA (SE Mississippi to Florida, rarely N to North Carolina), Bahamas and Greater Antilles, and also locally in NC Venezuela (S to Apure), Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao, Bonaire, and possibly N Colombia; winters from Panama S to C Colombia, S & E Venezuela and the Guianas.
T. d. vorax
Vieillot, 1819 – Lesser Antilles.
21–25 cm; 44–47 g. Dark grey head, crown feathers with dusky shaft streaks, semi-concealed yellow-orange to orange or red coronal patch; dusky lores, subocular... read more
Common call emphatic, shrill and rambling “pit-piteerri-ri-ree” or “pitch-chir... read more
Primarily dry and open habitats in coastal areas near water, generally avoiding dense forest; also... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of large flying insects taken, including beetles (Coleoptera), hymenopterans, orthopterans, bugs (Hemipera), flies (Diptera),... read more
Laying from late May in N of range, from Apr in SE USA (Florida); Mar–Jul in West Indies; females in breeding condition Mar–May... read more
Largely resident from Hispaniola E through Lesser Antilles. Most populations of nominate migrate... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common; one of the commonest and most conspicuous species throughout West Indies; breeding in Venezuela only quite recently recorded... read more
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