Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus forficatus

This moulting adult Scissor-tailed Flycatcher marked the second record for the province, but the first that was able to be enjoyed by birders. And enjoyed, it was! - Photo: Jared Clarke (Torbay; October 10, 2013)

This moulting adult Scissor-tailed Flycatcher marked the second record for the province, but the first that was able to be enjoyed by birders. And enjoyed, it was!
– Photo: Jared Clarke (Torbay; October 10, 2013)

Status: Very Rare (< records)

Origins: Occurs in southcentral United States(e.g. Texas, Oklahoma), eastern Mexico and Central America, but has a tendency to wander much further afield. A striking bird that is often noticed and reported by “non-birders” when found outside its normal range.

Record Details: Two records for Newfoundland. The first was photographed by a “non-birder” near the relatively remote location of Gaff Topsails (central Newfoundland) on July 3, 2001 but not confirmed or known publicly for several weeks. The (long-awaited!) second record was a moulting adult in Torbay from October 10-20, 2013 — it was seen and enjoyed by many.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

This Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was initially misidentified based on a brief glimpse early this morning. Luckily it was refound and properly identified  - and birders were soon able catch up to it! - Photo: Jared Clarke (Torbay; October 10, 2013)

This Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was initially misidentified based on a brief glimpse. Luckily it was refound and properly identified – and birders were soon able catch up to it!
– Photo: Jared Clarke (Torbay; October 10, 2013)

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