Great Kiskadee

Pitangus sulphuratus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

GKIS

Code 6

PITSUL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Great Kiskadee is a common bird with an omnivorous diet. These birds eat insects caught in-flight, or eat rodents and small vertebrates. This species also will dine on fish found in shallow water, fruit and tadpoles. Its breeding grounds are found in open woodlands, cultivated fields and near human habitats with tall trees. Specific areas range from south Texas and Mexico, Uruguay, central Argentina and Trinidad. Some populations have been introduced in Bermuda and Tobago as well. Nests are built in the high trees or telephone poles with a side entrance. The current conservation rating of the Great Kiskadee is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Great Kiskadee: Large flycatcher with brown upperparts, white head with black cap and eye-line, and bright yellow underparts. Yellow crown patch is usually concealed. Wings and tail are chestnut-brown. Black bill, legs and feet. Slow fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Great Kiskadee: This species is a resident from extreme southern Texas (the lower Rio Grande Valley) and southward along coastal Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. Its preferred habitats include rivers, streams, and lakes bordered with dense vegetation, though they are also found in open country and parks.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"kiss-ka-dee", "cree-ah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Great Kiskadee is aggressive, and will drive away larger birds entering its territory.
  • It will occasionally dive for fish in shallow water, making it one of the few fish-eating passerines.
  • One of its most feared predators is the coral snake; it will stay away from anything that has the same color pattern as the snake.
  • A group of kiskadees are collectively known as a "shower" of kiskadees.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Great Kiskadee

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Gary Owen Dick

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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The area on top of the head of the bird.
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