English and Scientific names:

Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Number of individuals: 

1 individual, gender unknown, adult plumage



Specific Locality:

"Oak Grove Sanctuary"; a short pull-out road on the north side of Trosclair Road, approximately 1/4 mile from intersection of Trosclair Road and Hwy 82

Date(s) when observed:

April 16, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

evening, approximately 3:30pm

Reporting observer and address:

Jacob Saucier

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

James M. Maley

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


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

well lit when seen and photographed

Optical equipment: 

Nikon Monarchs, 10x48

Distance to bird(s): 

approximately 15m at closest

Duration of observation:

approximately three minutes of visual observation


scrubby live oak forest with hurricane debris abutting a grassy field and cattle pasture

Behavior of bird: 

James and I were birding on the north side of the live oak forest at the rest stop, we simultaneously heard a very short vocalization in the distance (across the field to the west) which I thought sounded Kiskadee-ish.  We ventured across the field and did some playback of Great Kiskadee from my iPod (Stokes recording); soon after a Kiskadee emerged and flew over our heads across the field and into a treetop on the edge of the live oak forest.  I then obtained some documentation photos.  After remaining still and quiet in this spot for several minutes the bird disappeared and never vocalized again or responded to playback.


"medium sized bird", roughly shrike sized; bird was somewhat robust and upright; long, heavy bill; large head size; bill black; eyes "dark"; back brown; wings and tail reddish brown; belly and breast bright yellow; throat white; head black and white striped


the only vocalization that the bird made was a short, loud, two-noted outburst ("kee-ah") which clued us in to the birds location. No other vocalizations were made.

Similar species:

none in Louisiana

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

yes, by Jacob Saucier, attached.

Previous experience with this species: 

I have personally seen this bird in South Texas and Mexico on multiple occasions; James has seen the bird before in Panama

Identification aids:

this bird is unmistakable, no identification aids were needed

This description is written from: 

notes made after observation

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


I am positive, and so is James

Date and time: 

5 March 2010