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Boat-billed Flycatcher

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Megarynchus pitangua

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[edit] Identification

23 cm - 9"
Superficially very similar to the Great Kiskadee in size and colouration but with a totally different call. This species has less rufous on the wings and tail as well as a less prominent crownstripe. None of these characteristics stand out in the field, and the best diagnostic feature is the large wide bulky bill with a prominent convex culmen.

[edit] Distribution

Mexico through Central America and South America to Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia.

[edit] Taxonomy

The genus is frequently misspelled as Megarhynchus2.

[edit] Subspecies

Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M. p. tardiusculus:
  • Foothills of north-western Mexico (southern Sinaloa to Nayarit)
  • M. p. caniceps:
  • South-western Mexico (southern Jalisco)
  • M. p. mexicanus:
  • M. p. deserticola:
  • M. p. pitangua:
  • M. p. chrysogaster:
  • Pacific slope of western Ecuador and north-western Peru (Tumbes and northern Piura)

[edit] Habitat

Variable from mostly open areas to forest edge.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Boat-bills hunt large insects -- especially Cicadas, small vertebrates, spiders and fruits.

[edit] Vocalisation

Boat-billed Flycatcher with Channel-billed Toucans


Listen in an external program
Recording by Andrew Whitehouse, Regua, Brazil, September 2008

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. SACC baseline
  3. Birds of Venezuela 2nd Edition. Steven Hilty. Princeton University Press 2003
  4. Birds of Northern South America.Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, Miguel Lentino.Yale University Press 2007.

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