Birds of Costa Rica

    PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers, Calyptura)  
Genus: Tyrannus (6 species, 13 worldwide)

Grey Kingbird
Grey Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis dominicensis)
Florida Keys,  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Migrates north in the summer from South America to Caribbean, as does the Black-whiskered Vireo and Swallow-tailed Kite.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
Carretera a PN Palo Verde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica  
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus melancholicus)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note yellow-olive chest and grey chin/throat to differentiate from various Central American and austral migratory species. Note however the Tropical Kingbird has a lighter chin/throat in Central America than the rest of its range. Common in most of its range, and always outside of the forest.
From front.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana sanctaemartae)
Necocli, Antioquia, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Everglades National Park, Florida, USA  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Northern migrant.

Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Lovewell State Park, Kansas,  
Photograph by Mdf (Wikipedia)     Copyright and usage info

Western has a light grey head, back and chest, with a white chin (like Couch's Kingbird and Tropical Kingbird). Western has no white edges on tail feathers, and has a greyish or greyish yellow chest (not an olive or bright yellow chest like those other two).

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