The Great Kiskadee is a stocky flycatcher with reddish-brown upperparts, wings and tail. It has a white throat and bright yellow underparts, and a black and white striped head with a yellow crown patch.
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Description of the Great Kiskadee
The Great Kiskadee is a stocky flycatcher with reddish-brown upperparts, wings and tail. It has a white throat and bright yellow underparts, and a black and white striped head with a yellow crown patch. Length: 10 in. Wingspan: 15 in.
Sexes the same.
Seasonal change in appearance
Similar to adults.
Woodlands near water, and towns.
Insects, small lizards, frogs, baby birds, berries.
Forages by flycatching, or by plunging into water from a perch, or from within tree branches.
Resident from south Texas south to South America.
In terms of foraging behavior and diet, Great Kiskadees resemble shrikes, jays, or kingfishers more than flycatchers.
Fearless in nest defense, Great Kiskadees will even harass snakes and large raptors.
A slow “kis-ka-dee” is given, and is the source of its name.
Great Kiskadees will come to feeders for dog food, bread, or bananas.
- Unique appearance and sound. The similar Social Flycatcher is found in Mexico.
The nest is a bulky mass of weeds, moss, and plant fibers with a side entrance and is placed in a large tree.
Incubation and fledging:
– Young hatch at 15-17 days.
– Young fledge (leave the nest) 15-20 days after hatching but remain with the adults for some time.
Bent Life History of the Great Kiskadee
Bent Life History for Great Kiskadee is not available.