Eastern Kingbird

Tyrannus tyrannus



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My work on kingbirds has been supported by numerous groups and individuals. Either my students or I received financial assistance through the Association of Field Ornithologists (Alexander E. Bergstrom Award), American Museum of Natural History (Frank M. Chapman Fund), Sigma Xi, American Ornithological Society (Student Awards), Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, the Graduate School of the University of Kansas (Summer Fellowship), The DANA Foundation, numerous Trustee's Research Grants from Hartwick College, Forbes-Lea Grants from Portland State University, a NSERC grant, and NSF grants BSR 9106854 and IOB-0539370. Several papers were written while I was supported by NSF grant BSR 83-00651 (awarded to George S. Bakken). I owe major thanks to all of the landowners that have given me access to their land over the years. They may have thought I was crazy, but most were happy to see me return (along with the kingbirds). The staff of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge also deserve thanks for tolerating our presence on a daily basis. Numerous Hartwick College students contributed substantially to the research in central New York, and a number of them published papers with me. Portland State University graduate students likewise made particularly important contributions and pushed the research forward. Michael Patten contributed text to the Systematics article and Andrew Spencer reviewed the Sounds and Vocal Behavior article. Finally, I thank my wife Karmel Licata Murphy, both of my families, and my children (Rachel and Ruth). They have all been very tolerant and have accommodated my addiction to kingbirds.

Recommended Citation

Murphy, M. T. and P. Pyle. 2018. Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.