English and Scientific names:

Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis)



Number of individuals: 

1 Adult; other observers saw two


Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Orleans Parish

Specific Locality:

At the easternmost end of Lakeshore Drive, near Seabrook Bridge. This is very close to the location of the first confirmed breeding record of the species in 2003.



Date(s) when observed:

May 17, 26, 28, 2004

Time(s) of day when observed:  

6:15-6:20 p.m. on the 17th; afternoon on the 26th; early morning on the 28th.



Reporting observer and address:


Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA


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


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): 

Bird(s) discovered by Ed Wallace on May 16. Seen by many others, including David Muth.


Light conditions: 

From poor, but adequate, to good.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x40 binoculars


Distance to bird(s): 

15-40 yards

Duration of observation:

1-3 minutes each time.



Park area with Live Oaks and pines adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain.

Behavior of bird: 

Perched; looking around; flycatching; flying; on nest on the 28th. 



Approximate size of Eastern Kingbird, but large head made it appear somewhat larger. Large gray head with blackish mask. Pale gray mantle, wings, and upper tail. Wings were slightly darker than the gray mantle. The under parts were off-white, with the upper breast a contrasting gray color. The long tail was gray and strongly notched. The black bill was much longer and more massive than that of Eastern Kingbird. The iris and legs were dark.




Possible twittering call, but not certain.


Similar species:

The pale gray upper parts, black mask, whitish under parts, and long bill eliminate all contenders.



Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Stills from videotape accompany this report. Complete videotape will be sent to LBRC.



Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen several times in LA, AL and FL.


This description is written from: 

Memory and videotape.


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





Phillip Wallace

Date and time: 

June 10, 2004; 7:30 p.m.