This flycatcher is closely related to Kingbirds. Its long forked tail is the reason for its name, resembling the blades of scissors. They lay 3 - 6 eggs that both parents care for. Scissortails are very protective of their nest and can be very defensive of it. The Texas panhandle is prime breeding country for them, as they prefer shrubby country and sparse tree cover. Scissortails eat mostly insects that they often wait for from a perch. They will also eat berries.