Lesser Kiskadee (Pitangus lictor)

Lesser Kiskadee

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Pitangus lictor | [UK] Lesser Kiskadee | [FR] Tyran licteur | [DE] Liktormaskentyrann | [ES] Bienteveo Chico | [IT] Pitango solforato minore | [NL] Kleine Kiskadie


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Conopias lictor
Philohydor lictor LA Panama to se Brazil
Philohydor lictor lictor
Philohydor lictor panamensis

Physical charateristics

It is very similar to the Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus but is noticeably smaller and more slender. It has a proportionately longer and narrower bill and has rufous edges to the wing.

Listen to the sound of Lesser Kiskadee

[audio:http://www.aviflevoland.nl/sounddb/L/Lesser Kiskadee.mp3]

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 15 cm size max.: 18 cm
incubation min.: 17 days incubation max.: 18 days
fledging min.: 20 days fledging max.: 21 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrubland and swamps.


Nests are shallow cups of small and dry twigs, stems and roots. Built more or less horizontal branches of bushes and small trees growing in water near the shore, but at the
same time near open water. Approximate height of nests above water level is 1-3 meter. Clutch size is 2-3 eggs, incubated for the most by female only, sometimes by male. Incubation period probably about 18 days. Young are brooded for about 18 days. Both parents feed the young and will defend the nest against predators.

Feeding habits

Forages always near and above standing water for insects, usually in pairs. Hunts with short sallies starting from a low perch, no higher than 3 meter.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 9,200,000 km

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