English and Scientific names:

Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Number of individuals: 

Two presumed adults (one seen, one only heard).

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

"Rutherford Oaks" area, Oak Grove

Date(s) when observed:

7 Nov 09

Time(s) of day when observed:  


Reporting observer and address:

Daniel Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

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

var. obs. (Field Guides tour)

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Steven Cardiff and m. obs. prior to present observation.

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

Excellent light, bird was perched in open on exposed branch.

Optical equipment: 

Leica 10x42 binoculars

Distance to bird(s): 

Perhaps 50-80 yards at the closest.

Duration of observation:

Approx. 10 min.


Disturbed live oak chenier near coastal marshes.

Behavior of bird: 

Responded to playback by vocalizing, approaching. One bird (observed) had a secondary feather that was broken, pointed straight up out of closed wing. Perched high in trees, performed some sally attempts, but prey items not identified. Presumably, this was one of the pair (the other bird heard was presumably the other member) that attempted nesting in the area this year. I returned with another FG tour the following week, but was not able to relocate the Kiskadees.


Large tyrannid: large blackish bill, black cap and eye-line, white supercilium, throat; yellow underparts, brownish upperparts with rufous on wing and tail feather-edges.


Familiar "keek kill-DEE!", "geep" and other notes heard. Voice recorded.

Similar species:

Various similar tyrants known from Mexico and south, but none share shape, voice, and plumage details with Great Kiskadee.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Recordings obtained (DFL)

Previous experience with this species: 

Extensive, both within the US (in Texas, once in Louisiana), and in Latin America.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Memory, description on recording.

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



MemoryDate and time: 

22 Dec 09; 12:00am