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Great Kiskadee /luis bienteveo (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Voice: call is a loud raucous “HICK-wurr” or “meeee,” sometimes preceding an excitable “ Cris-to-pher” or “Kis-ka-dee.”

Great Kiskadee
Status: Common resident throughout the Valley, more common in woodlands near water.

Habitat: Great Kiskadee can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including woodlands, forest edges, brushy water courses, and urban areas.

Best Spots: All Valley refuges, including riparian woodlands along the Rio Grande from Sabal Palm Grove to Falcon Dam; also found locally on South Padre Island in the vicinity of Retama St (near the bayshore). Also commonly seen at World Birding Center's Arroyo Colorado in Harlingen.

Similar Species: Great Kiskadee is unmistakable and can be confused with no other species in South Texas. There are two kiskadee look-alikes, Boat-billed Flycatchers (180 Miles south of the Texas-Mexico Border), and the Social Flycatcher (found at Bentsen in February 2005), both are potential vagrants to the area.

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