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Tropical kingbird        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The tropical kingbird is one of the commonest and most obvious birds in relatively open areas in Central America.   They look a lot like western, Cassins, and Couch's kingbirds from the southwestern US, but have brighter yellow bellies and brown 'notched' tails, and different calls.   These were photographed in Gamboa, Panama (the one at left on a rainy day), in the Peruvian Amazon, and at Tatama National Park in Colombia.

  • Canon 30D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter, fill-in flash (2006, 2014, 2015)