Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Great Kiskadee

Noisy Great Kiskadees abounded almost everywhere we traveled in Costa Rica. This one patrolled the Arenal Observatory Lodge on 10 July 2017. Kiskadees are found from southern Texas through South America. Kiskadees are flycatchers, but they also take fish, amphibians, fruit, and even dog food. They consume a wider variety of food than does any other New World flycatcher. Several superficially similar species inhabit the tropics. One thought is that the black masks on these flycatchers may reduce glare and thus help the bird capture prey (Brush and Fitzpatrick 2002).

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