English and Scientific names:

Fork-tailed Flycatcher      Tyrannus savana


Number of individuals: 

one (1)  adult female

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Plaquemine Parish

Specific Locality:

a half-mile or so downriver from the Conoco-Phillips oil refinery at Alliance. The house where the bird was found is on the opposite side of Hwy. 23 from the refinery. It is a large white house with a green roof set back from the hwy. The address of the house is 16096_______________________________________________________


Date(s) when observed:

February 18, 2008

Time(s) of day when observed:  

~4:45 pm

Reporting observer and address:

Michael Musumeche 1621 Southwood Dr  New Iberia, LA 70560

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

Dave Patton, Mac Myers, James Beck

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

many other LaBirders

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


Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x42

Distance to bird(s): 

~75-100 meters

Duration of observation:

30 minutes


Residential, isolated trees, citrus grove nearby

Behavior of bird: 

Actively flying apparently feeding on flying insects, occasionally perch in nearby trees.



Black cap, white ventral dark dorsum, two long tail feathers, white cheeks


None noted

Similar species:

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher colors wrong, size smaller


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

yes Michael Musumeche

Previous experience with this species: 

Yes in Belize

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 


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




Michael Musumeche

Date and time: 

Feb. 19, 2008_________Time:___3:50 pm____