The Great Kiskadee Is A Bird That Is Really Great

The Great Kiskadee

Nature has provided a vast number of creatures across the globe, from them there are more than 10,000 species of birds in the world. Not only do they have different names but also are varied according to their features, characteristics, and habitat.

Some birds are named after their features or specific habitat, such as the Great Kiskadee. 

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They naturally habitat in open woodland with small trees including cultivation and around human habitation. They occur throughout Brazil and Venezuela South to Argentina and Uruguay, Paraguay and central Argentina, the Guyana coastline, and Trinidad.

The Great Kiskadee is scientifically named the Pitangus sulphuratus. The great Kiskadee is a small passerine bird that belongs to the Tyrannidae family. 

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The underparts are brown, while the head is black with a white supercilium and crown stripe. Their wings and tails are brown with rufous fringes. They have short, thick, and black bills. Great Kiskadees are conspicuous and commonly known for their exuberant Bee-tee-Wee calls.

Let’s find out if Great Kiskadee is great!

The Great Kiskadee

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You feel surprised after knowing the fact that this bird is named in different languages in different countries, for the sound produced by it. 

It is named “Bem-te-vi (I saw you well)” in Brazil, and Venezuela, it is called “Cristofue” or “Christ did it”.

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Great Kiskadee birds are most commonly found in Belize, from the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Southern Texas and Northern Mexico.

They occupy a wide range of habitats, such as open grasslands with scattered trees and urban areas.

They are familiar with humans and can also be seen near human habitations.

Great Kiskadee is omnivorous and feeds on fruits, insects, and lizards as well.

The Great Kiskadee eating

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They hunt like a flycatcher or snatch flying insects in the air and pounce upon rodents and similar small vertebrates such as chicks of other species. They also prey on lizards and frogs. 

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Sometimes they eat fruits from vegetation by gleaning and ripping it off in mid-hover.

Occasionally they dive for fish and tadpoles in shallow water.

The Great Kiskadee hunting in water

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Great Kiskadees are monogamous.

These birds are monogamous and tend to mate with one partner and defend a territory. 

Both males and females Great Kiskadees build their large dome nests with side entrances. 

The Great Kiskadee

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Their nests are built with grasses and small twigs but are also lined up by lichen, string, and plastic. They place their nests high up in a tree or on man-made structures. 

Birds steal the material of the nest from other birds’ nests.

Females lay a clutch of 3-4 glossy, yellowish-cream with purplish black and purplish brown spotted eggs, and incubate them.

Males guard the nest while females leave the nest to feed.

The Great Kiskadee guarding the nest

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Its prey habits make it extremely difficult to be kept caged and fortunately it is not considered threatened by the IUCN. 

Do you also find this Great Kiskadee great? Please share your thoughts with us, we’d love to hear from you.

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