English and Scientific names:

Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis)

Number of individuals: 

1 adult; other birders, whose names I don't know, reported having seen a Gray Kingbird at about the same time this one was seen but at the eastern end of the island, near where one was seen the last weekend in April and May 6. It's conceivable that only one bird was involved, but I suspect there were two. 

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Grand Isle - behind and beside Bobby Santiny's

Date(s) when observed:

April 22, 2006

Time(s) of day when observed:  

2:55-3:10 p.m.

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA

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

David Muth, Curt Sorrells

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

None that I know of.

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

Poor to excellent. Significant backlighting with initial observation. Later had excellent light with sun to the right of the line of sight.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars

Distance to bird(s): 

15-30 meters

Duration of observation:

15 minutes; 8-10 minutes of actual observation.


Chenier on back of island; hackberries and roseau cane. Suburban woodlot. 

Behavior of bird: 

Resting, searching for insects, and flying.


Medium to large kingbird with pale gray upperparts and off-white underparts with a hint of yellow. Pale wing linings also show a hint of pale yellow. Dark gray mask. Long and heavy all-dark bill. Slightly notched tail.



Similar species:

Pale gray upperparts and whitish underparts eliminate all other likely kingbirds.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Stills from videotape by Wallace sent with this report.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen quite a few times in Louisiana and also in Florida and Alabama.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Memory, notes taken at the time of the observation, and video.

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




Phillip Wallace

Date and time: 

August 8, 2006; 8:10 p.m.