Eastern Kingbird

Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbirds breed no closer than the southeastern Yukon and are casual anywhere in the state of Alaska. Though an unlikely candidate for an addition to the Pribilof avifauna there are actually two Saint Paul records. Both individuals occurred in mid-summer, with the first on June 29, 1965 and the second on July 23-24, 1978. The identification of this species is simple, as no other bird shares the black cap, gray back, white underparts and black tail with a white terminal band. A visiting Eastern Kingbird would likely perch up prominently, perhaps along the airport fence or around town.