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    Bird of the Week: Eastern Kingbird

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today, everyone's favorite bird expert Sarah Baxter is back with us.

    She's with the Game and Fish Commission, and is here to tell us all about our Bird of the Week, the Eastern Kingbird.

    This is another spring migrant, who breed here in Arkansas, that is just arriving in good numbers.

    They are a member of the flycatcher family, have a black head and back with a white belly. The most obvious field mark for people to note on this bird is the white tip of the tail. The kingbird is the only bird in Arkansas to have that obvious field mark.

    They are abundant here from the end of March through October. They sit on barbed wire fence, or some similar perch like the very tip of a branch on a bush or a low tree, in open areas and they flycatch.

    You'll see them fly from their perch and make a small circle, catch an insect, and go back to that exact same spot on that exact same perch and wait for another insect to catch. They are common in city parks as well as in rural areas, so this is an easy bird for anyone, even urbanites, to lay eyes on once they know what to watch for.

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