Boat-billed Flycatcher

The Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua) is a species of passerine bird that breeds in open woodland with tall trees from Mexico south to Bolivia and Argentina, and Trinidad.

The adult is 9 inches long with a black head, white eye stripe and concealed yellow crown stripe. The upperparts are olive-brown and the underparts are yellow. The throat is white. The wings and tail are brown with faint reddish-brown fringes. The bill is massive, which gives this bird its English name. The call is a loud trilled nya, nya, nya.

The Boat-billed Flycatcher waits on a concealed perch high in a tree and sallies out to catch insects in flight. It will also eat invertebrates off of foliage and may take in berries as well. The female builds an open saucer nest made of sticks and lays two to three whitish eggs heavily blotched in brown. The incubation lasts 17 to 18 days and is done by the female. The young fledge the nest in 24 days.

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