The Conspicuous Great Kiskadee of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

The Conspicuous Great Kiskadee of Guyana

This boisterous in both attitude and color, bandit in a black mask will attempt to dominate your attention by flashes of his yellow belly and incessant Kis-ka- dee calls.

By Dmitri Allicock

Of all the birds of Guyana, and there are more than 800 species identified, the Great Kiskadee must be given first place on the popularity list. This is a bird that everyone knows, likes, and one which might well be granted official status such as the national bird, Opisthocomus Hoatzin or Canje Pheasant of Guyana.         

The Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus named for its cheerful raucous kis- ka- dee call is a large tyrant flycatcher who proudly forces himself on the attention of the least bird conscious observer by its unrelenting ringing call and proud yellow breast.    [Read more:  The Conspicuous Kiskadee of Guyana]

Dmitri and Evadney

Dmitri and Evadney Allicock

 From Guyanese Online:

 A Happy Birthday and A Happy Wedding Anniversary

    August 17, 2013;  A Happy Birthday to Dmitri Allicock

.…as well as a Happy Wedding Anniversary to Dmitri and Evadney Allicock , also celebrated on August 17th, 2013.

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  • Dmitri Allicock  On 08/16/2013 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks you Cyril and Guyaneseonline for your very much appreciated anniversary and birthday wishes! I am thankful for health, happiness and family but not exactly in that order. I am also grateful to our Guyanese diaspora for that unique bond of cultural commonalities which both revitalize and take us back to that special place in our heart called beautiful Guyana.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 08/17/2013 at 12:42 am

    Another delightful article about ‘things Guyana’ that we love and remember.

    In Brazil, it’s known as bem-te-vi.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 08/17/2013 at 1:42 am

    Thanks to the efforts of Mr. L P Cummings’ to teach us some French, I feel emboldened to state that the French connection with the kiskadee is “qu’est-ce qu’il dit”.
    This bird, more than any other, was an agent of biological control of caterpillars – and other insects – in the sugar cane crop.

  • needybad4u  On 08/17/2013 at 5:17 am

    Happy Birthday & Wedding Anniversary Dmitri . Two birds with one stone calls for a grand celebration. Best wishes.
    Always like to read your articles; The Conspicuous Great Kiskadee of Guyana is no exception.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 08/17/2013 at 8:38 am

    Thank you so much!!!
    One of my wedding songs and still love listening to it

  • Sam F  On 08/17/2013 at 9:51 pm


    • Dmitri Allicock  On 08/18/2013 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you Sam.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 08/22/2013 at 10:27 am

    A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. The love of this little songster finch brings out a unique and warm feeling of cultural identification between many Guyanese, making the path of life just a bit brighter by its serenading tweets and charm.
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