I feel fortunate that I am able to see and photograph both the Western and Eastern Kingbird juveniles here in northern Utah. I have photographed Western Kingbirds building their nests and incubating their eggs but haven’t had that same opportunity with Eastern Kingbirds.
The ranges for these two species of kingbirds overlap here in northern Utah but I see more of the Western Kingbirds than I do the Eastern Kingbirds. I love the soft grays and pale yellows of the plumage in Western Kingbird juveniles.
Eastern Kingbirds lay 3 to 5 eggs which hatch in 16 to 18 days. Their juveniles seem a little less aggressive than the Western Kingbird juveniles do. I think the Eastern Kingbird juveniles look pretty snazzy with their black and white plumage.
Both Eastern and Western Kingbirds have pinkish gapes as juveniles that the adults do not have and that helps to ID them as young birds.
Life is good.
Sorry, I was in a rush this morning so this is a quickie.