English and Scientific names:

Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus texanus)

Number of individuals: 

1 adult

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

St. Tammany

Specific Locality:

At private pond on Turtleback Glade Dr., at the terminus of Douglas Dr. in the Quail Rigde Subdivision, ca. 2 mi. SE of Slidell

Date(s) when observed:

1 February 2007

Time(s) of day when observed:  

~9:00-10:15 AM CST

Reporting observer and address:

Devin Bosler

Baton Rouge, LA

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

Justin Bosler

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


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

Overcast, fair lighting conditions

Optical equipment: 

Nikon Monarch 8x42, Nikon Venturer LX 8x32, Nikon Fieldscope (all in good condition)

Distance to bird(s): 

within 20 meters

Duration of observation:

1.25 hrs


Disturbed deciduous bottomland hardwood forest/swamp w/ large pond

Behavior of bird: 

flying, feeding, and resting


A large, chunky flycatcher w/ robust black bill and striking black, white, yellow, and rufous plumage. An unmistakable black and white facial pattern w/ an ochre median crown stripe, a white throat, a brilliant lemon yellow throughout undersides, a brownish mantle w/ extensive rufous on wing coverts and tail, and a dark brown iris.


vocalized a few times throughout observation (gave the characteristic kis-ka-dee call)

Similar species:

none in N.A.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

yes, photographs by Justin Bosler and video by Devin Bosler

Previous experience with this species: 

very familiar w/ the species from countless trips to the LRGV of Texas

Identification aids:

at time of observation: none
after observation:  Field Identification of North American Birds by Peter Pyle on molt/age

This description is written from: 

notes taken at time of sighting and memory

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




Devin Bosler

Date and time: 

9 February 2007, 2145h