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Lesser Kiskadee

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Photo by njlarsen Gamboa, Panama
Photo by njlarsen
Gamboa, Panama
Pitangus lictor

Philohydor lictor

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[edit] Identification

Long, narrow bill, and very faint rufous edgings on wings and tail.

[edit] Similar Species

Very similar to Great Kiskadee. Best told by smaller size, more slender body (lacks Great's robust, broad-shouldered look), proportionally longer and much narrower bill, and less rufous on wings and tail.

[edit] Distribution

Panama to northern Bolivia and southern Brazil. Also the Carribean lowlands of northern South America.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species has two subspecies, nominate and panamensis.[1]

Placed in genus Philohydor by some authors.[2]

[edit] Habitat

Bushy vegetation, dead snags and stubs along shores of lakes, pools, lagoons, sluggish streams, and mangroves. Shares specialized habitat with Great Kiskadee but isn't found along more open, less vegitated banks of larger and faster flowing rivers where the Great Kiskadee is also found.

[edit] Behaviour

Its voice is a wheezy sneezing quee-be or dree, dear-wr, first note strongest and rising, 2nd and 3rd lower. Mutual display with fluttering wings and "wip wip wip you".

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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