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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.
Rivers, streams, and lakes bordered with dense vegetation; also in more open country and in parks in most of its range.
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.
Southern Texas south to Argentina.
Loud, piercing kis-ka-dee; also an incessant, shrill chattering.
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.
Photographed: Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Costa Rica.