Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) is a large tyrant flycatcher native to North America. Adults are grey-black on the upperparts with light underparts; they have a long black tail with a white end and long pointed wings. They have a red patch on their crown, seldom seen.
The scientific name Tyrannus means “tyrant, despot, or king,”
referring to the aggression kingbirds exhibit with each other and with
other species. When defending their nests they will attack much larger
predators like hawks, crows, and squirrels. They have been known to
knock unsuspecting Blue Jays out of trees.
Eastern Kingbirds are Common and widespread in Michigan from May until early September. They are most likely seen on the golf courses or in the country perched where they can wait for insect prey to fly by.