Great cresteds may lack the dazzling plumage of scissor-tailed flycatchers, but they’re still a pretty cool bird.
They’re found statewide, mostly in woodlands and riparian areas. Oak Park and most of the timbered drainages in Wichita hold spring and summer populations.
Unlike scissortails, which thrive on pretty open prairie, great cresteds can be hard to see as they fly about in the forest canopy, feasting on assorted flying insects.
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They’re about nine inches from beak to tail tips and are a mixture of gray, yellow and russet. Their loud “wheeep” call is unmistakable.