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Western Kingbird No. 2?

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Seen today North of Lincoln, NE.  I believe this is a Western Kingbird.  I'm confused by the orange feathers on the top of it's head.  Most of the time it wasn't visible.  It was perched in the shade in all of these shots, so the colors may not be true.

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Definitely a Western Kingbird. You can see it's tail pattern and barley any white on the face. As to the question about the red on its crown, I really don't know.

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2 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Definitely a Western Kingbird. You can see it's tail pattern and barley any white on the face. As to the question about the red on its crown, I really don't know.

Thank you.  I actually found the answer (about the feathers) after posting the question.  They only display the orange head feathers during courtship, or when threatened.

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All north American Kingbirds have yellow to red crests.

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9 hours ago, Kevin said:

All north American Kingbirds have yellow to red crests.

Absolutely right, except that you can get rid of the regional qualifier. All members of Tyrannus have concealed crown patches. It's a defining character of the genus.

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18 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

All members of Tyrannus have concealed crown patches.

That is what I thought, but I was not sure.

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