English and Scientific names:

Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis)

Number of individuals:

1 age/sex unknown

Locality: LOUISIANA:


Specific Locality:

Grand Isle end of road E of Grand Isle state park

Date(s) when observed:

23 Apr 2008

Time(s) of day when observed:


Reporting observer and address:

Erik I. Johnson, Milton, LA

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


Phil Stouffer

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):


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

partly sunny mixed and varying light

Optical equipment:

Swarovski EL 10x42

Distance to bird(s):


Duration of observation:

10 min


coastal shrub

Behavior of bird:

Flew in from gulf with flock of Eastern Kingbirds. Perched on bare branches ~5m high occasionally switching branches and positions, but not feeding.


Large all-dark bill (larger than surrounding Eastern Kingbirds), gray back and head, white underparts.



Similar species:

Grayer backed than Eastern Kingbird and Loggerhead Kingbirds, larger-billed than neighboring Eastern Kingbirds

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?


Previous experience with this species:

seen several times the previous summer along at Lakeshore Drive in Metarie, LA

Identification aids:

Sibley Guide

This description is written from:

notes made after the observation (date: 24 Apr 2006)

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




Erik I. Johnson

Date and time:

24 Apr 2006