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Great Kiskadee

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-[[Image:Great_Kiskadee.jpg|thumb|500px|right|Photograph: {{user|Reini|Reini}}<br />Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, [[Costa Rica]], February 2005]]+[[Image:Great_Kiskadee.jpg|thumb|500px|right|Photo &copy; by {{user|Reini|Reini}}<br />Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, [[Costa Rica]], February 2005]]
;[[:Category:Pitangus|Pitangus]] sulphuratus ;[[:Category:Pitangus|Pitangus]] sulphuratus
==Identification== ==Identification==
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====Similar species==== ====Similar species====
Easily mistaken with the [[Boat-billed Flycatcher]] (''Megarynchus pitangua''), due to size and colours. They are separated by:<br /> Easily mistaken with the [[Boat-billed Flycatcher]] (''Megarynchus pitangua''), due to size and colours. They are separated by:<br />
-[[Image:Bem-te-vri.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Juvenile<br />Photo by {{user|Xyko+Paludo|Francisco Paludo}}<br />Curitiba, PR, [[Brazil]], November 2016]]+[[Image:Bem-te-vri.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Juvenile<br />Photo &copy; by {{user|Xyko+Paludo|Francisco Paludo}}<br />Curitiba, PR, [[Brazil]], November 2016]]
* Bill, which is much broader and with a strongly curved culmen in the Boat-billed Flycatcher. * 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).<br /> * Wings, which are rufous in Great Kiskadee (''see photo'') and olive in Boat-billed Flycatcher (careful; juv. Boat-billed with rufescent to wings).<br />
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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. 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==
-[[Image:21587Scan04182005 192313.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Photo by {{user|Baires|Baires}}<br />Buenos Aires, [[Argentina]], January 2005]]+[[Image:21587Scan04182005 192313.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Photo &copy; by {{user|Baires|Baires}}<br />Buenos Aires, [[Argentina]], January 2005]]
Was initially thought to be shrike of the genus ''[[:Category:Lanius|Lanius]]'', but this idea was discarded many decades ago. Was initially thought to be shrike of the genus ''[[:Category:Lanius|Lanius]]'', but this idea was discarded many decades ago.
====Subspecies==== ====Subspecies====

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Photo © by ReiniLaguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica, February 2005
Photo © by Reini
Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica, February 2005
Pitangus sulphuratus

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[edit] Identification

It's about 10 1/2" (27 cm) size.
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.

[edit] Similar species

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

JuvenilePhoto © by Francisco PaludoCuritiba, PR, Brazil, November 2016
Juvenile
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Curitiba, PR, Brazil, November 2016
  • 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 for the 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Taxonomy

Photo © by BairesBuenos Aires, Argentina, January 2005
Photo © by Baires
Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 2005

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

[edit] Subspecies

There are 10 supspecies recognised[1]:

  • P. s. texanus: Souther Texas (Rio Grande Valley) to south-eastern Mexico (Veracruz)
  • P. s. derbianus: Arid western Mexico (southern Sonora to Isthmus of Tehuántepec)
  • P. s. guatimalensis: South-eastern Mexico (Nuevo León) to central Panama
  • P. s. trinitatis: Extreme eastern Colombia to eastern Venezuela and north-western Brazil; Trinidad
  • P. s. caucensis: Western and southern Colombia (south-western Bolívar, Cauca and Magdalena valleys)
  • P. s. rufipennis: Coastal northern Colombia and northern Venezuela
  • P. s. sulphuratus: Tropical south-eastern Colombia to south-eastern Peru, the Guianas and northern Brazil
  • P. s. maximiliani: Amazonian Brazil to eastern Bolivia and chaco of Paraguay
  • P. s. bolivianus: Highlands of eastern Bolivia (Cochabamba to Tarija)
  • P. s. argentinus: Extreme south-eastern Brazil to eastern Paraguay, Uruguay and central Argentina

[edit] 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.

[edit] Behaviour

This bird has a noticeably aggressive behaviour, pursuing and attacking bigger birds or even snakes.

[edit] Diet

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.

[edit] Vocalistion

Loud, piercing kis-ka-dee, hence its English name. Also makes an incessant, shrill chattering.

In several other languages, it is called "bem-te-vi" or "bentevi", also because of its call.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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