English and Scientific names:

Great Kiskadee

Pitangus sulphuratus


Number of individuals: 

unknown age/sex


Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Cameron Parish


Specific Locality:

About 1/4 mile before the end of Talens Landing Road, PR 104, about 8 miles south of Lake Arthur


Date(s) when observed:

November 11, 2008


Time(s) of day when observed:  

5:00 PM



Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton

Lafayette, LA


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

Bill Fontenot, Lafayette, LA.

James Beck found it and identified it about one week prior to this date. It has been relocated many times by numerous observers as recently as mid January.


Light conditions:

Excellent setting sun behind us.


Optical equipment: 



Distance to bird(s): 

100 feet and 300 feet


Duration of observation:

5 minutes



Rice fields ending at marsh edge with a small forest around a lake. The bird liked the thick brushy habitat low in the forest and perching in the open along the lake.


Behavior of bird: 

There was a lot of bird activity as we walked upon the brush and lake side. I squeeked a few times and it came right out to investigate.



Black and white striped head with yellow median stripe. Brownish back with brown wings and tail tinted with red. Bright yellow from lower throat to under tail coverts. About the size of a blue jay.



Loud squacky yelp.


Similar species:


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

300mm lens with a Canon SLR.


Previous experience with this species: 

A few in Louisiana and Texas.


Identification aids: 

at time of observation:



after observation:


Notes made from memory?   

memory and photo


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





Dave Patton


Date and time: 

February 4, 2009, 8:30PM