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Kiskadee Flycatcher in San Jose, California

H. Thomas Harvey
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
60
Issue: 
5 (September-October)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1958
Pages: 
338

Kiskadee Flycatcher in San Jose, Califomia.--On February 1, 1958, a Kiskadee Flycatcher (Pitangus szdflkuratus) was observed in a residential area at San Jose, California. According to residents the bird had been in the vicinity for about four months. The only other record of this species for California was that of a female taken in 1926 at Inglewood, Los Angeles County (Wyman, Condor, 29, 1927:23).

The bird was observed for about 20 minutes at close range, and the black and white stripes on the head, yellow crown-patch, sulphur-yellow underparts, rufous wings, and relatively short tail were all evident and clearly established its identity as a Kiskadee Flycatcher. The bird was observed feeding on bread placed out as food for birds by the residents of the area. This may in part explain its survival for at least four months in this locality. Whether it is an escaped caged bird or a natural stray was not determined.-H. THOMAS HARVEY, Sun Jose State College, San Jose, California, February 10, 1958.

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