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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

Flight call description A loud, abrupt, squeaky "kyip" is occasionally given as a flight call.


Fig.1. Texas May 13, 2001 (WRE).

"Kyip" call given in flight.



Diurnal calling sequences:

1. Texas April 10, 1996 (MO). "Kyip" calls from perched bird.

2. Oklahoma October 12, 1989 (WRE). Song, "kyip" call, flight display wing sounds, and interaction calls in flight. American Crow, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Mockingbird, and Eastern Bluebird in the background.


Similar species See Western Kingbird.


Behavior Diurnal and nocturnal migrant. Typically does not vocalize in migration flight but gives "kyip" call, song variations, and audible wing display in short flights on breeding grounds and in the postbreeding season.