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Pitangus lictor

Lesser Kiskadee

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae


Pitangus lictor

Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria, Loreto, Peru; 21 November 2007 © Alejandro Tabini

The Lesser Kiskadee is a medium-sized, colorful flycatcher of much of northern South American.  Found from Panama south through the river lowlands of the northern half of the country, it also has a disjunct distribution along the east coast of Brazil; it inhabits shrubby areas near water below 500 meters in elevation.  Overall, it appears like a much smaller version of the very familiar Great Kiskadee, being rufescent brown above and yellow below with a black head marked by a broad white superciliary, white throat, yellow coronal patch, and a slim but sturdy black bill.  Lesser Kiskadee does not sound anything like the familiar "kiss my rear" of the Great Kiskadee, making nasal, buzzy, slurred calls instead.  As an additional difference, Lesser Kiskadee builds a simple cup for its nest, completely unlike the large basket nest of the Great Kiskadee.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Lesser Kiskadee (Pitangus lictor), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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