English and Scientific names:

Couch’s Kingbird, Tyrannus couchii

Number of individuals: 

One adult

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Bossier Parish, Cane’s Landing, Bossier City

Specific Locality:

November 27, 2007

Date(s) when observed:

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Time(s) of day when observed:  

Jeff Trahan

Shreveport, LA 71105

Reporting observer and address:

Terry Davis

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

Charlie Lyon, on November 28, who heard it sing to verify that it was Couch’s Kingbird and not Tropical.

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

The day was mostly sunny with some clouds.   The bird was mostly seen in good light.

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

Leica 10x42 binoculars

Optical equipment: 

Distance varied from fairly close (20 yards) to about 100 yards.

Distance to bird(s): 

Much of the time during the hour of observation.  I did take about ten minutes to go get my camera which was in my truck.

Duration of observation:

Near the Red River, fields, woodland edges.


Bird was initially observed flying away from us and was almost immediately identified as a Couch’s/Tropical Kingbird.   As we followed it, it perched at the tops of many trees, mostly cottonwoods.

Behavior of bird: 

Please see the photos that I have already sent to you via email.




I did not hear it vocalize.  However, Charlie Lyon did induce it to vocalize the next day to determine that it was a Couch’s Kingbird rather than a Tropical Kingbird.

Similar species:

Tropical Kingbird.  This was not eliminated by our observations, but by Charlie Lyon who heard it sing the next day.  Western Kingbird was eliminated by the rather thick and large bill on the bird that was observed and also because the tail had no white along the edges as Western Kingbird has.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

I took photos and sent them to Paul Conover at zoiseaux@cox.net

Previous experience with this species: 

I have seen this species often in South Texas and also in Red River Parish at Paul Dickson’s farm.

Identification aids:

No books, etc were used at the time of observation. National Geographis; Guide to the Birds, Sibley after.

This description is written from: 

My description is contained in the photos that I took.

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


Yes, but only if Charlie Lyon is positive in his identification of the bird by voice.


Jeff Trahan

Date and time: 

January 24, 2008; 8:30 a.m.


Note:  I completed this long form shortly after observation of the bird, and submitted it on line.  However it seems that the completed form was lost.  Paul Conover received the photos and noticed that he did not have the long form to attach the photos to.  He emailed me to ask me to resubmit the long form which I am doing now.