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Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 10:20
Viewed: 3775
Points: 14
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Great Kiskadee
Pitangus sulphuratus

The 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.

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

The great kiskadee can be found from extreme southern Texas south to Argentina.

The 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, fish and lizards. It also will dive straight into the water to catch fish.

Life Cycle
Kiskadees are monogamous. A male will mate with only one female. Mating season begins in late March. The female great kiskadee lays two to five 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.

The 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 and the kiskadee will stay away from anything that has the same color pattern as the coral snake.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-18 10:30]

Hi Manyee. You have posted a bird i have not seen before so thanks for puting this fine close up on TN. Taken with good feather detail . with bright colours. All with interesting notes. Well taken TFS

Hi Manyee,
I haven't visited your photos for while. I guess we post out of sync from eachother and both don't spend that much time on TN any more. So I am glad I ran into this one. I hope all is well with being a grandma.
This is a wonderful capture with especially beautiful clean light. Although the sharpness could be better, I feel that the softness is working as well.

Hi Manyee

A beautiful colored bird that i have never seen before.
Thanks for sharing with us and for the informative note

Well done and TFS
Kind Regards

What a striking character! Just as well since the background is bright too. A beautiful image Manyee.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello ManYee,
a very beautiful capture of this colourful bird, good sharpness and fantastic colours
excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-19 5:19]

Hello Manyee,
Very nice photo in beautiful colours. Sharpness and details are not perfect, but good enough to show us this photo. Good frontal POV and composition.

Ciao Manyee, lovely bird in nice pose, great capture with fine details, perfect focus and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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