English and Scientific names:

Mangrove Cuckoo, Coccyzus minor

Number of individuals: 

1 bird

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

St. Bernard Parish

Specific Locality:

At the same place and on the same day that Glenn Ousett found the bird.

Date(s) when observed:

December 23, 2006

Time(s) of day when observed:  

About 3 PM

Reporting observer and address:

John Sevenair
New Orleans, LA

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

Joelle Finley, Glenn Ousett, several others

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Many others

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

See the picture

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 7x binoculars; Canon PowerShot S2 1S digital camera (12x magnification, image stabilized)

Distance to bird(s): 

about 100'

Duration of observation:

About 5 min


second-growth woodland on spoil banks adjacent to a canal

Behavior of bird: 

People shouted "there it is" and I saw a bird flying across the canal.  It landed in a tree and I got a good look at it.


Its breast had a yellow-orange cast, unlike the Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos.  For the rest, see the digital photo.  I didn't write notes at the time.


Not heard

Similar species:

See #15 above

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

I took a digital photo, which I have attached.

Previous experience with this species: 

None at all.

Identification aids:

The other birders present pointed things out.

after observation:

The Sibley Guide to Birds

This description is written from: 

From memory.  I'm mostly writing this to accompany the photo (and to become familiar with this method of submitting records).

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




John Sevenair

Date and time: 

April 6, 2007