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Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus


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Great Kiskadee
credit: trabajo propio/CCSA

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Family: Tyrannidae, Tyrant Flycatchers view all from this family

Description ADULT Has a strikingly marked head with black stripe through eye and broad white supercilium bordering the black crown, which has a partially concealed orange-yellow central patch usually partly hidden, except when agitated or displaying. Back is brown and wings and tail are rufous. Throat is white and underparts are otherwise bright yellow. JUVENILE Similar, but with duller colors and no central crown patch.

Dimensions Length: 10 1/2" (27 cm)

Habitat Fairly common resident in southern Texas, favoring a range of open to lightly wooded habitats, including parks and gardens.

Observation Tips Easy to see within range and often first detected by its call.

Range Texas

Voice Utters a loud, piercing kis-kadee.

Discussion Colorful and exotic-looking Texas specialty. Has a proportionately bulky body and large head with a relatively long, powerful bill. Usually perches conspicuously and announces its presence with its onomatopoeic call. Feeds mainly on large insects; flying prey is caught on the wing, but occasionally drops on a variety of terrestrial prey in a shrikelike manner. Sexes are similar.