English and Scientific names:

Great Kiskadee

Number of individuals: 

Two present

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Cameron Parish,

Specific Locality:

Nunez Woods

Date(s) when observed:

September 9, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

9:00 AM

Reporting observer and address:

Tom Finnie,

Sulphur, LA

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

No other observers accompanying me on 9/9/2009.

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Donna Dittmann and Steve Cardiff discovered the pair of Great Kiskadees on May 2, 2009.

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

Early AM immediately following rain shower, overcast

Optical equipment: 

Nikon D300, 400mm lens

Distance to bird(s): 

40 yards

Duration of observation:

Ten minutes


Coastal chenier woodlot surrounded by freshwater and brackish marshes. .

Behavior of bird: 

Immediately following a rain, both Great Kiskadees started calling. One of them flew across the ‘fairway’ into a treetop. The other Kiskadee followed. One was visible and the other was not. Some pictures were taken from across the fairway. One of the Kiskadees flew closer allowing me to quickly take some pictures.


See attached pictures.


The Kiskadees were heard before they were seen. The ‘kis-ka-dee’ call was quite distinct.

Similar species:

Similar species were eliminated by viewing the attached images.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographed by me, Thomas Finnie. Images attached.

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds of North America.

This description is written from: 

attached images.

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


Yes, see attached images.

Date and time: 


9:00 PM