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Great Kiskadee - Pitangus sulphuratus



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes
 Family: Tyrannidae
 Genus: Pitangus

ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern


Great KiskadeeThe great kiskadee is a large member of the flycatcher family. It is about ten inches in length. It has black and white stripes on the crown and sides of its head.

It has a white line above its eyes. Its chest and undersides are a bright yellow and its throat is white. Its back and wings are brown, and its bill and legs are black.


mapThe great kiskadee is found from extreme southern Texas south to Argentina.



The great kiskadee lives in open woodlands, streamside thickets, groves, orchards, and parks.


Great KiskadeeThe great kiskadee eats insects like beetles, wasps, grasshoppers, bees, and moths. Despite the fact that it is a flycatcher, it also eats berries, seeds, mice, frogs, and lizards. It also dives straight into the water to catch fish.

Life Cycle

Great KiskadeeKiskadees are monogamous. A male will mate with only one female. Mating season begins in late March. The female great kiskadee lays 2-5 creamy-white and brown speckled eggs in a domed nest made of sticks, grass, moss, and bark. The nest has a single entry hole and is lined with soft material like wool and feathers. The nest is usually built in a thorn tree or bush. Both parents defend the nesting territory and care for the young.


Great KiskadeeThe great kiskadee is named for its loud "kis-ka-dee" call. It travels in pairs and aggressively protects its nesting territory. One of its most feared predators is the coral snake. The kiskadee will stay away from anything that has the same color pattern as the coral snake!

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