Bird-voiced Treefrog - Hyla avivoca

Bird-voiced Treefrog

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies:  Only the Western Bird-voiced Treefrog, Hyla avivoca avivoca, occurs within Louisiana.


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Species Range:  Extreme southern Illinois south along the east side of the Mississippi River to Louisiana and east to the Florida panhandle, central Georgia and adjacent southwestern South Carolina. Isolated populations west of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Louisiana Range:  The Florida Parishes as well as parishes just west and south of Lake Pontchartrain, as well as several other disjunct areas in central and north Louisiana.


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Global Conservation Status:  Bird-voiced Treefrogs have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Bird-voiced Treefrogs do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:  I have only photographed this species four times anywhere in its range, and that was in 2013 & 2014 in Pearl River WMA in St. Tammany Parish, in 2016 at Black Bayou Lake NWR in Ouachita Parish, and in 2019 at Frenchtown Road CA in East Baton Rouge Parish  I have heard their calls in the Manchac area (St. John/St. Charles Parish), several sites in St. Tammany Parish, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve in Jefferson Parish, and in July 2015 at the Louisiana State Arboretum at Chicot State Park in Evangeline Parish. In 2016 I found the beautiful tadpoles of this species in Jefferson Parish.

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