Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua

Brazilian name: neinei
Boat-billed  Flycatcher, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Brazil

The Boat-billed Flycatcher is found from Mexico through most of north and central South America as far south as northern Argentina but excluding the Andes above about 1500 ms.

It is usually seen in pairs in a variety of forested and wooded habitats.

Boat-billed Flycatcher, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Superficially it looks very similar to the Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) but its bill is much heavier with a broad base and a curved culmen. It is also more olive, less brown on the upperparts.

The main identification feature is, however, the voice which is a distinctive loud grating call and easily distinguished from the well-known call of the Great Kiskadee. There are recordings on xeno-canto .

Boat-billed  Flycatcher, Camacã, Bahia, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image

It eats mainly insects such as cicadas and seems to enjoy large spiders.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 44; Hilty & Brown, Plate 39; and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 74.

There is a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information is available on Avibase .

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