Giant kingbird

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Giant kingbird
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Tyrannus
Species: T. cubensis
Binomial name
Tyrannus cubensis
Richmond, 1898

The giant kingbird (Tyrannus cubensis) is a species of bird in the tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae. It is endemic to Cuba, although there are historical records of it on other islands. The species is probably mostly closely related to the loggerhead kingbird, which also occurs in Cuba as well as several other nearby Caribbean islands.[2]

This species averages 23 cm (9 in) long.[3] Despite their name, this species (though large) is not the largest tyrant flycatcher nor even the largest kingbird, since the thick-billed kingbird is slightly bigger. The giant kingbird is found in tall lowland forest. In particular it favours pine forests and the wooded borders of waterways. It is also found in mixed pine barrens, open woodlands, swamps and savanna. It has also been seen in cloud forest.[2]

It is threatened by habitat loss.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Tyrannus cubensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mobley, Jason A. (2004), "Family Tyrannidae (tyrant flycatchers)", in del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Christie, David, Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9, Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails, Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, p. 424, ISBN 84-87334-69-5 
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External links[edit]

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