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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:
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.
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.
Was initially thought to be shrike of the genus Lanius, but this idea was discarded many decades ago.
There are 10 supspecies recognised:
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.
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.
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.
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