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boat-billed flycatcher
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Boat-Billed Flycatcher
Megarhynchus pitangua

Size: 9" (23 cm); 70 g.

Diet: Watches for insects from a perching position, then flies to snatch them from branches or leaves. Does not alight on branches where prey is caught, but rather grabs prey in midflight and stops elsewhere. Sometimes also snatches figs, berries, or seeds.

Voice: Usual calls include a rolling neeeeeah or cheeur, and a loud, rapid-fire choip choip.

Status: Common countrywide, mostly in lowland forests.

Cool Fact: Cicadas are a particularly favorite food. When a large insect, such as a cicada, is caught, it is beaten loudly against a branch before being swallowed.

Source: (Stiles et al 309)

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Photo by Dr. Hays Cummins
Costa Rica Images and Movies

Photo by Dr. Hays Cummins
Costa Rica Images and Movies