English and Scientific names:

Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus)

Number of individuals: 

1 - adult



Specific Locality:

Caernarvon - On the downriver side of the Caernarvon levee just off Hwy 39 

Date(s) when observed:

February 28, 2010

Time(s) of day when observed:  

8:45-9:30 a.m.

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace
New Orleans, LA 

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

David Muth, Glenn Ousset, Dan Purrington, Curt Sorrells. (Discovered by Wallace.)

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

E.J. Raynor, et al., saw it on March 6, 2010.

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Excellent light; bird seen from many angles.

Optical equipment: 

Eagle 10x40 binoculars

Distance to bird(s): 

3-15 meters

Duration of observation:

10 minutes


Hackberry, Live Oak, citrus trees in suburban yard and willows on batture.

Behavior of bird: 

Flycatching and resting. Showed only slight response to Brown-crested call and no interest in Ash-throated call on the iPod.


An obvious myiarchus with fairly bright yellow underparts from undertail coverts to the lower breast, fairly dark gray breast and whitish throat. Large, all-dark bill and an erect brown crest. Bownish-olive upperparts; darker brown wings with two white wingbars and a rufous primary panel showing on folded wing. Rufous tail with brown outer web of outer rectrices extending to tail tip but not curling around at the tip to form the J-pattern shown by Ash-throated. (Muth and Purrington saw the tail pattern in the field and I saw it on the videotape.) The tail pattern is shown in some of the stills from the video. 



Similar species:

All dark bill and paler underparts eliminate Great-crested. Tail pattern eliminates Ash-throated.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Stills from the video accompany this report. Video will be submitted to LBRC.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen several times in TX, AZ, and LA.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Notes and video.

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Yes. The tail pattern eliminates Ash-throated.

Date and time: 

March 9, 2010
9:00 a.m.