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The Western Kingbird Nest

by Trevor E Holewinski

Western Kingbirds build a nest in many locations, usually in trees, and line it with finer materials such as twigs and twiglets. The female lays three to seven eggs, which she incubates alone. The young are ready to fledge after about two weeks. The parent bird will continue feeding the fledglings until they leave the nest. This species is one of the most invasive birds in North America, but it has no harm to humans and is considered an iconic symbol of the species’ decline.

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The location of a Western Kingbird nest varies, but most are on a utility pole or a vertical fork in a tree. These birds also nest on utility poles, empty buildings, and cliff ledges. The Western Kingbird lays up to three eggs at a time, and the nest is lined with cotton and feathers. The eggs hatch between sixteen and seventeen days after laying, and the chicks are ready to leave the nest at around 16 days.

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The male Western Kingbird is the only bird that lays an egg in a western kingbird nest. The female will weave the nest entirely by herself, using plant fibers for the structure. It measures six inches in diameter, four inches deep, and two inches deep. When not laying eggs, Western Kingbirds will perch on tree branches and perch on exposed wires to eat fruits. When they are not in the nest, they will feed on other insects, including berries and sapphire.

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The Western Kingbird is a highly social bird. It is a congeneric species with the Eastern Kingbird and Couch’s kingbird. It is very tolerant of other species and will even nest on a telephone pole, utility pole, or building. It will often nest near the trunk of a tree. However, this is not a problem, as the Western KINGbird is a social bird and interacts with people and other animals.

The Western Kingbird is a highly specialized bird that is found in open country, farmlands, and roadsides. It will rarely live in the true desert, but it will inhabit semi-desert scrub and other areas with similar climates. When the kingbird is in the nest, the female will use her wings to defend the territory. The male is known to perform aerial displays during the breeding season, including a long, raucous song.

Western Kingbirds nest in trees, but they can also build a nest on a telephone pole, utility pole, or a building ledge. They generally use trees as their preferred nesting site, but they will also use human structures, such as buildings, utility poles, and telephone poles. If a tree is not available, the Western Kingbird will build a nest on the pole, but it can also build a home in the same area.

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