Today a beautiful flycatcher joins Birdorable! Today’s Bonanza bird is the Great Kiskadee.
Great Kiskadees are large flycatchers – the largest of all in the tyrant flycatcher family. They are also colorful, a pleasing mix of warm brown, black, white, and yellow making up their plumage. They are noisy and boisterous omnivores, hunting prey ranging in size from small insects to small rodents. They also eat fruit and suet and visit feeding stations where these choices are offered.
Great Kiskadee by Dawn Scranton (CC BY 2.0)
The Great Kiskadee is very common within its range, which includes much of South America. It can also be found in the southernmost tip of Texas, to the delight of many U.S. birders. They are certainly a target species for birdwatchers visiting hotspots in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Tomorrow we will reveal a North American bird that was only recognized as a species in the 1980’s.