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Pitangus sulphuratus

Great Kiskadee

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic 10 Subspecies

Authors: Melisa Gratz and Paulo Llambias

Pitangus sulphuratus

Distrito Federal, Brazil; 13 February 2009 © Betrando Campos

The Great Kiskadee is a large and strikingly colored flycatcher that inhabits much of Central and South America. It has a black crown with a yellow coronal patch and a broad white supercilium that extends from its forehead to its nape.  The kiskadee's olive-brown wings are set off by cinnamon wing coverts and bright yellow underparts.  Great Kiskadees reside in a variety of habitats from forest edges to grasslands to busy residential areas.  These birds can often been seen hawking insects from an open perch or dropping to the ground feeding on insects and small reptiles.  Great Kiskadees have increased in both range and abundance in recent times, due largely to the creation of open areas where closed forest previously existed. 

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Recommended Citation

Melisa Gratz and Paulo Llambias. 2010. Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus), 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.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Secondary forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern