Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Belize

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Belize

One’s eyes are so accustomed to seeing stubby or short tails on a bird, that when a bird flies by with a ten inch tail, everyone just stops and watches…or at least I do.


Tyrannus savana, pictured here, was photographed in Belize.  But there are several other long-tailed birds like the scissor-tailed flycatcher, resplendent quetzal, and the paradise flycatcher to name a few.  The long tail is helpful to the bird in providing balance and agility as it swoops and darts in the air, catching insects.


Of all the long-tailed birds I’ve had the blissful pleasure of watching, not one ever got their tail caught in branches, thorns, or treetops.  That’s one more marvel of nature to celebrate.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander




21 thoughts on “Fork-tailed Flycatcher

    • Great to hear from you HJ. The birds I mentioned are a few of my favorites. The scissor-tailed f-c can be seen here in the U.S. (I saw it in Texas a few times), I had the thrill of watching the resplendent quetzal in Costa Rica, and the paradise f-c was a flukey surprise in Kenya. Thank you so much. 🙂

    • Yes many flycatchers are quite similar looking, with light brown and lemon colors and indistinguishable markings. But every once in awhile there’s a beauty like this one that’s fun to see. Thanks so much for your visit and comment, Mary. 🙂

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