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These tyrant flycatchers like it spicy!
The other day on my patio here in Tlacotalpan Veracruz Mexico where I
live I heard the shrill chwittering of the Social Flycatcher, Myiozetetes similis. I approached the window of my room to see this social flycatcher dip down to grab in its bill a tiny hot red pepper that here we call chilpaya and fly up. I observed this action repeated during the day. Later I here the familiar sound of kis-k-dee and move to the window to observe the same action, this time performed by the Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus. This is the first time that I have observed this particular feeding behavior, I wonder if the extreme spicy nature of these chiles serves a specific biological function, perhaps to clear their system of parasites.
But then again maybe they just like it HOT!
Good birding,
David


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