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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, in the Peruvian Amazon, at Tatama National Park in Colombia, and in and around Monterey, California (a few tropical kingbirds show up in California every fall and winter).

  • Canon 30D, 1D4, 7D2, R5, or R7; 500 mm IS lens or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter, fill-in flash (2006, 2014, 2015, 2019-2022)