1. English and Scientific names: Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage):

1 in Definitive Basic plumage

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) Cameron

Specific Locality: Oak Grove Sanctuary off Trosclair Rd. (PR-357) in Oak Grove.


4. Date(s) when observed: 13 April and 3, 8 May 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: early (13 Apr) to late morning (3, 8 May).

6. Reporting observer and address:

Justin Bosler

1300 Laban Ave., Apt. 165

Houma, LA 70363

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Devin Bosler on 13 Apr and 12 May.

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Probably the same bird observed by multiple observers – Rosemary Seidler, Ed Wallace, Steve Cardiff, Donna Dittmann, David Muth and Phillip Wallace, to name a few - in late April/early May 2011.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Variable light conditions on separate dates, but usually with plenty of direct light at close range.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Nikon EDG 8x42 binocular (good condition)

11. Distance to bird(s): as close as 15-20 meters.

12. Duration of observation: from 5-15 minutes.

13. Habitat: Heavily disturbed mature live oak chenier woodlot with dense understory and early successional edge with greenbrier-wild grape tangles bordered by semi-open short-grass fields and open pasture.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Usually observed actively fly-catching and vocalizing in canopy, but on a couple of occasions it was observed sallying down to ground level. Suspected to be gathering nesting material on one instance, but never confirmed.

15. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species): Large, chunky flycatcher with bright yellow underparts and dark brown upperparts. Black and white face pattern unmistakable. Black mask and crown contrasts markedly with broad, white supercilium and throat. Wings and tail extensively edged in rufous. Central yellow crown patch visible at times. Massive black bill.

16. Voice: Primarily giving loud, drawn-out “creear” call, but regularly giving complete “KIS-ka-dee” song.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Unmistakable - there are no similar species that occur in the U.S.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Yes, photographs obtained by Justin Bosler and attached.

19. Previous experience with this species: Fairly extensive experience across species normal range in S. TX. Observed on multiple occasions in LA , including 5 separate individuals seen in early 2011 alone in Cameron Parish, LA from Hackberry to Rockefeller SWR’s Nunez Woods.

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification):

a. at time of observation: None

b. after observation: None

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);___X__notes made after the observation (date:_____); __X___memory.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Yes, 100% positive.

23. Signature of reporter:  Justin Bosler    Date:  19 July 2011    Time: 10:00 PM CDT

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? Yes

If yes, may we include your name with the report? Yes


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