Great Kiskadee and Lookalikes

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Everytime I go to Mexico I love seeing Great Kiskadees. They’re beautiful birds, and they’re always calling, it seems, so you always know they’re around. But there are other species of flycatchers that look very much like them.

The Social Flycatcher has a smaller bill and a slightly different facial pattern. I’ve seen those in Mexico a lot too. Boat-billed Flycatchers have much larger bills, and I saw my first in Costa Rica this past May (I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for some time, but I’ve wanted to wait until I actually saw a Boat-billed Flycatcher.

And there’s one more I can add here, the Gray-capped Flycatcher. This flycatcher has a grayer head, so it’s a bit easier to separate from the others, but still, they look pretty similar.

Great Kiskadee Tres Regalos Condos
Boat-billed Flycatcher Tres Regalos Condos
Social Flycatcher Tres Regalos Condos
Gray-capped Flycatcher Carara National Park

Interestingly, only the Gray-capped and Social Flycatchers belong to the same genus. The other two are in different genera. And yet Social Flycatchers are far more easy to distinguish from Gray-capped then they are the other two.

However, I bet if you were given blackened profile shots of all four birds, it would be easy to distinguish all these birds by size and structure except for Social and Gray-capped.

There are two more species that have this similar look that I didn’t see (Rusty-margined and White-winged), but they are found in areas of Costa Rica that I wasn’t able to visit.

 

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Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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