Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird is a robin sized flycatcher native to the Americas. At the 1:30 minute mark in this YouTube video, you see their nest in an old fencepost which I thought was cool. The video is short at less than 2 minutes, but has a few interesting facts about the Eastern Kingbird.

I came to paint the Eastern Kingbird via Louise De Masi. She did a graphite and paint study of the bird. I chose not do a graphite study, I simply did a sketch and moved straight into watercolor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzeDHgPVDF0&t=6s

Painted on Arches 300 lb. 10 x 14 watercolor pad using the following watercolors:

Burnt Sienna

French Ultramarine

Winsor Violet

The reference photo I used for my painting can be found on Unsplash and was taken by photographer Pete Nuij. A link to the photo for free download is attached to the bottom of the photo.

Happy Birding!



  1. I think to give more character, the furling at the eyebrow would be another point of interest to capture. The photo ref shows an intense stare as it ready itself for flight.

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