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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Tyrannus forficatus -headstone-8
In Texas
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Infraorder: Tyrannides
Parvorder: Tyrannida
Family: Tyrannidae
Subfamily: Tyranninae
Genus: Tyrannus
Species: T. forficatus
Binomial name
Tyrannus forficatus
(Gmelin, 1789)
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Muscivora forficata

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Lake Hefner

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher stone pattern

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus, also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise and the swallowtailed flycatcher) is a long-tailed insectivorous (insect-eating) bird of the genus Tyrannus , whose members are collectively referred to as kingbirds. The kingbirds are a group of large insectivorous birds in the tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) family. The scissor-tailed flycatcher is found in North and Central America.

It is the state bird of Oklahoma.

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