• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Birds - Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus
Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus
NPS Photo by Don Anderson
The Eastern Kingbird is probably one of the easiest flycatchers to see at Wind Cave National Park. During the summer months, the kingbird’s dzeet call can be heard in brushy areas near the prairie. Eastern Kingbirds can be seen and heard at the visitor center near forest edges. Eastern Kingbirds are known as being particularly aggressive to nest predators—they can attack and chase away many other birds like jays, hawks, owls, crows and even vultures and eagles. Eastern Kingbirds can be observed at Wind Cave National Park starting in early May.

Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.