Loggerhead Kingbird: Large flycatcher with olive-brown upperparts, dark head with inconspicuous yellow crown patch, white underparts, and pale yellow wash on lower belly. Wings are brown-black with white edges; tail is brown-black with buff-edged tip. Feet and legs are black.
Range and Habitat
Loggerhead Kingbird: Resident of the northern Bahamas Islands and Greater Antilles. Known from several sightings in Florida, most in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. Unknown in the United States until 2007, when a bird was found in Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site in Key West, Florida. Inhabits open and semi-open forests, including around forest edges and clearings.
Breeding and Nesting
Loggerhead Kingbird: Three to five creamy buff or pink eggs with brown and purple blotches are laid in a cup nest made of twigs, grass, stems, bark, and plant fibers, lined with plant down, moss, horsehair, and other plant materials, and built on a horizontal branch 8 to 25 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 15 to 16 days and is carried out by the female.
Foraging and Feeding
Loggerhead Kingbird: Eats insects, berries, and lizards. Often sits quietly, sallying to catch flying insects and then returning to perch to eat.
Loggerhead Kingbird: Call is a loud, rolling "treeeerrp."
Loggerhead Kingbird: Western Kingbird is smaller, has much smaller bill, dark gray back, gray wash on breast, and black tail with wide, white terminal band.