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Great Kiskadee

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==Distribution== ==Distribution==
-Very common and widespread throughout Latin America. In North America, occurs in extreme southern [[Texas]] and eastern and western [[Mexico]]. In [[South America]], it is absent only from the Pacific coast, the highest Andean regions and in far south.+Very common and widespread throughout Latin America. In North America, occurs in extreme southern [[Texas]] and eastern and western [[Mexico]]. Occurs throughout [[Central America]]. In [[South America]], it is absent only from the Pacific coast, the highest Andean regions and in far south.
==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
-Was initially thought to be shrike of the genus ''Lanius'', but this idea was disgarded many decades ago.+Ten subspecies are recognized. <br />
 +Was initially thought to be shrike of the genus ''Lanius'', but this idea was discarded many decades ago.
==Habitat== ==Habitat==
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Loud, piercing ''kis-ka-dee'', hence its English name. In several other languages, it is called "bem-te-vi" or "bentevi", also because of its call. Also makes an incessant, shrill chattering. Loud, piercing ''kis-ka-dee'', hence its English name. In several other languages, it is called "bem-te-vi" or "bentevi", also because of its call. Also makes an incessant, shrill chattering.
-This bird has a noticeably agressive behaviour, pursuing and attacking bigger birds or even snakes. Its diet is omnivorous, consisting of, in addition to insects, small fruits and seeds and even fish, diving straight into the water like a kingfisher, although not as deeply. +This bird has a noticeably aggressive behaviour, pursuing and attacking bigger birds or even snakes. Its diet is omnivorous, consisting of, in addition to insects, small fruits and seeds and even fish, diving straight into the water like a kingfisher, although not as deeply.
==External Links== ==External Links==
{{GSearch|Pitangus+sulphuratus}} {{GSearch|Pitangus+sulphuratus}}

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Photograph: ReiniLocation: Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica
Photograph: Reini
Location: Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica
Pitangus sulphuratus

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Identification

A stocky flycatcher with relatively broad black bill, black-and-white striped head, olive-brown back, bright yellow underparts and rufous wings. Its tail conspicuous in flight. Generally also has a yellow crown. It's about 10 1/2" (27 cm) size.

Similar species

Easily mistaken with the Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua), due to size and colours. They are separated by:

  • Bill, which is much broader and with a strongly curved culmen in the Boat-billed Flycatcher.
  • Wings, which are rufous in Great Kiskadee (see photo) and olive in Boat-billed Flycatcher (careful; juv. Boat-billed with rufescent to wings).

Can be mistaken with smaller-sized similar coloured flycatcher as well, e.g. Rusty-margined (Myiozetetes cayanensis) and Social Flycatchers (Myiozetetes similis) and Lesser Kiskadee (Philohydor lictor), but they are separated by size and their noticeably slimmer and/or shorter bills.

Distribution

Very common and widespread throughout Latin America. In North America, occurs in extreme southern Texas and eastern and western Mexico. Occurs throughout Central America. In South America, it is absent only from the Pacific coast, the highest Andean regions and in far south.

Taxonomy

Ten subspecies are recognized.
Was initially thought to be shrike of the genus Lanius, but this idea was discarded many decades ago.

Habitat

Rivers, streams, and lakes bordered with dense vegetation; also in more open country and in parks in most of its range. Very adaptable to human life in cities.

Behaviour

Loud, piercing kis-ka-dee, hence its English name. In several other languages, it is called "bem-te-vi" or "bentevi", also because of its call. Also makes an incessant, shrill chattering.

This bird has a noticeably aggressive behaviour, pursuing and attacking bigger birds or even snakes. Its diet is omnivorous, consisting of, in addition to insects, small fruits and seeds and even fish, diving straight into the water like a kingfisher, although not as deeply.

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