This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: tropical kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage):

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish)


Specific Locality: east jetty woods, Cameron louisiana

4. Date(s) when observed: 8-13-11


5. Time(s) of day when observed: 3pm

6. Reporting observer and address: gary Broussard 1044 leger rd. breaux bridge, la 70517

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): excellent lighting. Bright sunny day

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): leica 10x. kowa scope with photo attachment

11. Distance to bird(s): 20 ft was closest I did get

12. Duration of observation: 1.5 hrs with juvenile, on and off.

13. Habitat:



14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):

15. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species):

Large yellow-bellied Tyrannus flycatcher. Yellow underparts. Upper parts gray/greenish-olive. Gray head, large, long black bill that seemed larger than western kingbird’s. Notched tail.

16. Voice: vocalized. Not single note, but long repeated sparse trill. Tonally similar to eastern.

Responded to call of tropical kingbird.

At one point, one bird was seen begging, as an apparent adult flew near with an insect in it’s beak

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):

Western kingbird…no white outer tail feathers. Longer bill than western. Couch’s kingbird is similar, but voice eliminated couch’s

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):

Many pictures taken.  Audio of calling birds obtained.    

19. Previous experience with this species: some experience with south texas and southeastern arizona tropical kingbirds

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification):

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: memory. notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); _____memory.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: voice was unmistakably tropical kingbird. I compared it to file of tropical I had at time of observation

23. Signature of reporter: gary broussard


24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? ______Y

If yes, may we include your name with the report? Y


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