English and Scientific names:

Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis)


Number of individuals: 

2 adults

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

~.5 miles east of the end of Rutherford Beach Road, where it dead-ends at the beach.


Date(s) when observed:

May 9,2004


Time(s) of day when observed:  

10:20-10:45 a.m. and 11:50-11:55 a.m.



Reporting observer and address:


Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA


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

David Muth (discovered the birds) and Mac Myers



Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): 

Paul Conover, inter alia

Light conditions: 

Light conditions were good. Skies were clear.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x40 binoculars


Distance to bird(s): 

10-50 yards; one bird was perched < 10 ft. from the vehicle for the last observation.

Duration of observation:

30 minutes



Scubby area with small Hercules' Club trees, bordered by a fenced pasture area and 50 yards from the Gulf of Mexico.

Behavior of bird: 

Perched; flycatching.



    The birds were slightly larger and bulkier than Eastern Kingbird. The head was pale gray with a dark mask from the auricular area through the eye to the lores. The upper parts were the same pale gray color as the head. The wings were slightly darker gray than the mantle and head. The greater and median coverts showed prominent whitish fringes, as did the secondaries. The throat was white and the breast was grayish with a central whitish streak up the center. The belly and undertail coverts were very pale yellow. The tail was dark gray and was strongly notched. The black bill was very long and thick at the base. The iris and legs were dark.


I thought once that I heard a brief tinkling vocalization.


Similar species:

The gray upper parts and the pale breast eliminate most other kingbirds. The Thick-billed Kingbird has an even larger bill.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Stills grabbed from videotape accompany this report. The full video clip will be sent to the LBRC.


Previous experience with this species: 

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


Identification aids: 

at time of observation:


after observation:

Sibley, and Rafaele's BIRDS OF THE WEST INDIES


Notes made from memory?   



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


Yes. Notes also made in reference to videotape of the birds.



Phillip Wallace

Date and time: 

June 4, 2004; 6:00 p.m.