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

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): 1 individual of undetermined age

3. Locality: Parish: Orleans

Specific Locality: Bayou Sauvage NWR, Recovery Rd.

4. Date(s) when observed: 7 September 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 8:50-9:10 a.m.

6. Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA 70125


7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): David Muth

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Several other birders saw it through the following week.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Poor (back-lighting) to excellent (sun behind observers)

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Eagle 10x42 binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s): 3-20 m

12. Duration of observation: 12-15 minutes

13. Habitat: Woods along road between impoundment and Maxent Canal

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Calling, flying, perching, flycatching

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 flycatcher with bright yellow under parts from upper breast to undertail coverts; white throat contrasting with yellow breast and broad black eye streak. Upper parts and folded wings dull reddish with brown tones. Black cap with broad white supercilium below cap and above black eye streak. Underside of rectrices appear dull brown and outer rectrices shorter, apparently growing in. Long, broad, all-dark bill shows a hook at the tip.

16. Voice: First detected via distinctive meeee call.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Other tropical look-alikes are unlikely vagrants in LA; Lesser Kiskadee is smaller; Boat-billed Flycatcher has much deeper bill and less reddish in the upper parts

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photos by Wallace accompany this report; video of call available if needed.

19. Previous experience with this species: Ive seen many times in Texas and the tropics and several times in LA

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: Birds of Panama

21. This description is written from x memory, photos, video.


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

23. Date: 15 September 2013 Time: 11:30 a.m.