English and Scientific names:

Couch's kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Number of individuals: 

1 in alternate plumage,; male based on its singing

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Red River

Specific Locality:

Near Red River at end of Red River Parish Rd. 408; private property

Date(s) when observed:

3 January 2006

Time(s) of day when observed:  


Reporting observer and address:

Dr. James L. Ingold

Department of Biological Sciences
LSU in Shreveport
Shreveport, LA

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

Paul Dickson, Jeff Trahan, Larry Raymond, John McBride

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Mac Hardy, Marty Guidry

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

sunny, clear day bird moved around a bit and we had excellent sun angles

Optical equipment: 

Celestron regals 10 x 40(?)

Distance to bird(s): 

~15 feet as closest distance

Duration of observation:

1+ hour


Riverine habitat/old field bordered by tall trees along the Red River

Behavior of bird: 

bird approached observers in response to playback of song from Stokes CD played on an I-POD


I spent my time recording the bird singing using a Marantz PDM 222 portable cassette recorder using a Sennheiser ME 66 shotgun microphone.


gave the typical queer, chi-queer, bereeeeer which matched the song on the Stokes CD

Similar species:

Cassin's, Tropical, Western eliminated by song

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Song was recorded by me/ others took photographs.

Cassette tape will be sent to LSUMNS

Previous experience with this species: 

I saw and heard a few in September of 2002 near Harlingen Texas

Identification aids:

at time of observation: None

after observation: Sibley

This description is written from: 


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




Jim Ingold

Date and time: 

15 March 2006 3:26 p.m.