J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Traditionally considered closest to T. savana, mainly because of tail-streamers, and in past these two often separated in Muscivora (or its junior synonym Milvulus); relationship not supported by molecular data. Phylogenetic analyses place this species in “E & W species group” (see T. vociferans); further work needed. Monotypic.
SC USA (SE Colorado, S Nebraska and SW Missouri S to E New Mexico and W Louisiana) S to NE Mexico (N Coahuila, C Nuevo León, N Tamaulipas). Winters S Mexico (Atlantic slope from S Veracruz to W Campeche, Pacific slope from Guerrero, and interior Chiapas), El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua S to C Costa Rica and, rarely, W Panama; also S Florida, in extreme SE USA.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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