Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

(Tyrannus forficatus)

FUN FACT

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is sometimes called the "Texas Bird-of-paradise."

Distribution

South-central U.S., as well as Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri.

Habitat

Open scrubby country.

Diet

Insects, often caught by "hawking" (flying out from a perch to snatch a bug in mid-air, then returning to perch).

Breeding

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in our Grasslands exhibit.