kiskadee

kiskadee

[kis-kuh-dee]
noun
any of several American flycatchers of the genus Pitangus, especially P. sulphuratus (great kiskadee) ranging from the southwest U.S. to Argentina and noted for their loud calls and aggressive nature.

Origin:
1890–95; said to be imitative

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kiskadee

(genus Pitangus), either of two similar New World bird species of flycatchers (family Tyrannidae, order Passeriformes), named for the call of the great kiskadee, or derby flycatcher (P. sulphuratus). The great kiskadee is reddish brown on the back, wings, and tail. The throat is white, the crown and sides of the head are black, and a white band surrounds the crown, which is surmounted by a yellow crown patch. The lesser kiskadee (P. lictor) is smaller but has similar markings.

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