English and Scientific names:

Couch's Kingbird  Tyrannus couchii

Number of individuals: 

one, excellent, basic plumage

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Judice Park, Judice, Louisiana

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

8:30 am

Reporting observer and address:

Michael Musumeche.

New Iberia, LA

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

Kevin Leigh

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


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

Poor, light rain

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x42

Distance to bird(s): 

~50 meters

Duration of observation:

~15 minutes


Edge along small canal.

Behavior of bird: 

Bird was perched on a lone tree snag.


Grayish head and slightly greenish dorsal surface, throat whitish, ventral surface yellow.


none noted

Similar species:

Tropical kingbird.  Thick bill. Tail not forked. Others that viewed the bird a day later played sound recording and bird responded to Couch's Kingbird call.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Yes. Kevin Leigh's photos and my photos.

Previous experience with this species: 

Much in Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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Date and time: 

Dec. 31, 2009, 5:41 pm