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Great Kiskadee

From Opus

Revision as of 22:37, 10 May 2007 by Jacamar (Talk | contribs)
Pitangus sulphuratus
Photo by Reini
Photo by Reini

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Description

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Identification:

10 1/2" (27 cm). A stocky, robin-sized flycatcher. Broad black bill; black-and-white striped head; olive-brown back; bright yellow underparts; rufous wings. Tail conspicuous in flight.

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Habitat:

Rivers, streams, and lakes bordered with dense vegetation; also in more open country and in parks in most of its range.

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Nesting:

4 creamy-white, brown-spotted eggs in a bulky, domed stick nest with the entrance at the side, often in a thorn tree or bush.

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Range:

Southern Texas south to Argentina.

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Voice:

Loud, piercing kis-ka-dee; also an incessant, shrill chattering.

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Discussion:

This large and striking bird, named for its call, is common throughout Latin America. In addition to insects, it eats small fruits and even fish, diving straight into the water like a kingfisher, although not as deeply.

Photo info

Photographed: Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica.

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