About Bill Murphy

About Bill… A lifelong, passionate birder, Bill Murphy is originally from northern New York state. His interest in birds began at age five, when his birding father pointed out a very close Least Bittern. His father frequently took Bill with him on birding trips. In 1964 the family moved to Maryland, where Bill became friends with expert naturalists throughout the National Capitol area. He spent summers working with endangered species of birds at the nearby Patuxent Wildlife Refuge.

After earning his degree in biology, Bill started guiding bird tours. At first they were mostly east of the Mississippi, from Maine to Florida and from Ontario to Texas. Later on, birding took him to other parts of the world as well. In 1984 he wrote The Birder’s Guide to Trinidad & Tobago, a destination to which he has led 93 tours so far, more than anyone else in history. He recently helped produce a mobile app for identifying the birds of T&T.

Bill’s passion for education has led him to serve on the rare bird committees of Trinidad & Tobago, Ohio, and Indiana . Many of his publications have focused on the status and distribution of birds. Others have focused on insects, including descriptions of new species.

Insects also have played a large part in Bill’s life. He took many entomology courses at the University of Maryland and worked for a decade with insect specialists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the Smithsonian Institution. Bill’s major interests are field identification of birds, especially vocalizations, along with geographical distribution and migration routes. He travels widely, both for birding and to identify specimens of snail-killing flies (family Sciomyzidae) in collections at museums and universities. He also edits manuscripts for other fly researchers throughout the world. This year he stepped down after 15 years of serving as media editor for Indiana’s largest Audubon society to allow more time for travel.


Bill lives near Indianapolis with his partner, April, who he met (no surprise) while birding.

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Bill Murphy’s Bibliography

Ruch, D.G., J. Nelsen, R. Carlson, B. Fisher, A.H. Fleming, D. Gorney, J.D. Holland, M. Jordan, B. Kingsbury, B. Murphy, P. McMurray, K. Roth, P. Rothrock, S. Russell, C. Strang, J.J. Whitaker, Jr., and B. Yankowiak. 2016. Results of the 2014 Eagle Marsh Biodiversity Survey, Allen County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 125(1): 40-49

Ruch, D.G., C. Chapman, A. Deutch, B. Brodman, L. Cole, B. Fisher, J.D. Holland, M. Milne, B. Murphy, J. O’Keefe, K. Roth, S. Russell, C. Strang, J. Whitaker, Jr., and A. Chamberlain. 2016. Results of the 2015 Hills of Gold biodiversity survey, Johnson County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 125(2): 126-136

Marinoni, L. and W.L. Murphy. 2016. Family Sciomyzidae. Pp. 642-647. In: Wolff, M., S.S. Nihei and C.J.B. de Carvalho (eds.), Catalogue of Diptera of Colombia. Zootaxa 4122(1): 1-949

Nerudová-Horsáková, J., W.L. Murphy, and J-C Vala. 2016. Biology and immature stages of Pherbellia limbata (Diptera: Sciomyzidae), a parasitoid of the terrestrial snail Granaria frumentum. Zootaxa 4117(1): 48-62

Murphy, W.L. and T. Munk. 2015. Book chapter: Diptera. 17.17. Sciomyzidae. Pp. 600-601. In: Kristensen, N.P., Böcher, J., Pape, T., and Vilhelmsen, L. (eds.), Greenland Entomofauna: An Identification Manual of Insects, Spiders and Their Allies. Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen. xvi + 881 pp.

Stoffolano, J.G., Jr., M. Rice, and W.L. Murphy. 2015. Sepedon fuscipennis Loew (Diptera: Sciomyzidae): Elucidation of external morphology by use of SEM of the head, legs, and postabdomen of adults. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 117(2): 209-225

Ruch, D.G., G. Brown, R. Brodman, B. Davis-Swinford, D. Gorney, J.D. Holland, P. McMurray, B. Murphy, S. Namestnik, K. Roth, S. Russell, and C. Strang. 2014. Results of the 2013 Connor Prairie Biodiversity Survey, Hamilton County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 123(2): 122-130

Murphy, W.L. 2014c. Obituary: Benjamin Archer Foote. Fly Times 53: 29-31

—–. 2014b. Rediscovery of Dictya disjuncta Orth (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) with descriptions of all life stages and life cycle and redescription of adult male. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 116(2): 172-187

—–. 2014a. Dictya behrmani, a new species of snail-killing fly (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) from Indiana. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 116(1): 91-97

Knutson, L., J-C. Vala, and W.L. Murphy. 2014. Overview of recent research on Sciomyzidae. In: Dorchin, N., et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Dipterology, 10-15 August 2014, Potsdam, Germany. Abstract volume, p. 177

Foote, B.A. and W.L. Murphy. 2014. Pherbellia anitae, a new species of snail-killing fly (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) from Arizona. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 116(2): 155-158

Stoffolano, J.G., Jr., M. Rice, and W.L. Murphy. 2013. The importance of antennal mechanosensilla of Sepedon fuscipennis (Diptera: Sciomyzidae). Canadian Entomologist 145: 1-8

Vala, J-C., W.L. Murphy, L. Knutson, and R. Rozkošný. 2013. Corrigenda for the publication “A cornucopia for Sciomyzidae (Diptera)”. Studia dipterology 20(2): 183-188

Murphy, W.L, L.V. Knutson, E.G. Chapman, R.J. Mc Donnell, C.D. Williams, B.A. Foote, and J-C. Vala. 2012. Key Aspects of the Biology of Snail-killing Sciomyzidae Flies. Annual Review of Entomology 57: 425-447

Karns, D.R., Ruch, D.G., Simpson, B., Feaster, B., Sterrenburg, L., Bellian, A., Fisher, B.E., Gorney, D., Holland, J.D., Jean, R.P., Jones, W.W., McCarty, M., McKnight, W.N., Murphy, W.L., Namestnik, S., Tedesco, L.P., and Whitaker, J.O., Jr. 2012. Results of a biodiversity survey at Goose Pond FWA, Greene Co., Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 121: 45-53

Vala, J-C., W.L. Murphy, L. Knutson, and R. Rozkošný. 2012. A Cornucopia for Sciomyzidae (Diptera). Studia dipterologica 19(1/2): 67-137

Murphy, W.L. 2011. Book review: Birds of the West Indies, by Norman Arlott. Birding 43(4): 62-63

Ruch, D.G., D.R. Karns, P. McMurray, J. Moore-Palm, W. Murphy, S.A. Namestnik, and K. Roth. 2010. Results of the Loblolly Marsh Wetland Preserve BioBlitz, Jay County, Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 119: 1-3

Mathis, W.N., L.V. Knutson, and W.L. Murphy. 2009. A new species of the snail-killing genus Dictya Meigen from the Delmarva states (Diptera: Sciomyzidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111(4): 785-794

Murphy, W.L. 2009b. Book review: Field Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago, by M. Kenefick, R. Restall, and F. Hayes. Journal of Caribbean Ornithology 22(1): 52-55

—–. 2009a. Dual book review: Field Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago (2007), by M. Kenefick, R. Restall, and F. Hayes, and Birds of the Dominican Republic and Haiti (2006), by S. Latta, C. Rimmer, A. Keith, J. Wiley, H. Raffaele, K. McFarland, and E. Fernandez. Birding 41(6): 72-78

—–. 2007b. Biography of Charles Keller. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 85(1): 249-262

—–. 2007a. Field notes: Winter 2006. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 83(3): 274-299

White, G., M. Kenefick, and W.L. Murphy. 2007. The status and abundance of birds in Trinidad and Tobago. Living World, Journal of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club 2007: 57-68

Murphy, W.L. 2006. Checklist of Birds: Trinidad & Tobago. Peregrine Enterprises, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

—–. 2005. Field notes: Fall 2004. Indiana Audubon Quarterly 83(3): 140-178

—–. 2004. A Birdwatchers’ Guide to Trinidad & Tobago. Prion Books Ltd., London. 172 pp., illus.

—–. 2001b. Noteworthy observations of seabirds wintering in the southern Caribbean. Sea Swallow 50: 18-25

—–. 2001a. Observations of pelagic seabirds wintering at sea in the southeastern Caribbean. Pp. 104-110. In: Studies in Trinidad and Tobago Ornithology Honouring Richard ffrench (F. E. Hayes and S. A. Temple, eds.). Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Occasional Paper 11. iv+209 pp.

Murphy, W.L. and F. Hayes. 2001. First records of Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis) for Trinidad, with comments on its supposed migration to South America. El Pitirre, Journal of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds 14(2): 61-62

—–. 1997. Audio cassette: Bird Sounds of Trinidad & Tobago. Peregrine Enterprises, Inc., Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA

—–. 1995. A Birder’s Guide to Trinidad & Tobago. 3rd edition. Peregrine Enterprises, Inc., Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. 154 pp., 45 figs.

—–. 1994. Checklist of the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago. Peregrine Enterprises, Inc., Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. 10 pp.

—–. 1993. Book review: A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago, by Richard ffrench. 2nd Edition. Living World, Journal of the Trinidad & Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club 1993-1994: 47-48

—–. 1992d. Trinidad: The link between Amazonia and the Caribbean. Chap. 12, pp. 251-256. In: The Insight Guide to Amazon Wildlife. APA Publications, Hong Kong. 403 pp.

—–. 1992c. Book review: A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago, by Richard ffrench. 2nd Edition. El Pitirre, Journal of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds 5(1): 4-5

—–. 1992b. Notes on the occurrence of Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) in the Americas, with reference to other Palearctic vagrants. Colonial Waterbirds 15(1): 113-123

—–. 1992a. Book review: Indispensable field guide to avifauna of Trinidad and Tobago: A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago, by Richard ffrench. Audubon Naturalist News (Washington DC) 18(1): 10

—–. 1991g. Audubon Naturalist Society birding foray to Trinidad & Tobago yields 180 species and a good look at the natural history of the islands. Audubon Naturalist News (Washington DC) 17(4): 18-19

—–. 1991f. Book (videotape) review: Nesting Seabirds of Machias Seal Island, by Karis and Donald R. Herriott. Birding 23(2): 107-109

—–. 1991e. Second record of Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) for Trinidad, with notes on its occurrence in the Caribbean Basin. El Pitirre, Journal of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds 4(1): 3-5

—–. 1991d. Tobago hummingbirds: Status of the White-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus ensipennis) and first record of Brown Violet-Ear (Colibri delphinae). El Pitirre, Journal of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds 4(3): 2-3

—–. 1991c. Book review: Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America; Biology and Natural History, by Paul A. Johnsgard. Naturalist Review, Winter 1991 6(1): 7-8

—–. 1991b. Mid-Atlantic region prime hawkwatching territory. Audubon Naturalist News (Washington DC) 17(5): 15

—–. 1991a. Book review: The Mountain and the Migration: A Guide to Hawk Mountain, by James J. Brett. Audubon Naturalist News (Washington DC) 17(5): 16

Murphy, W.L., T. Yip Hoi, and A. James. 1991. First record of Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) for Tobago. El Pitirre, Journal of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds 4(2): 2-3

Murphy, W.L. 1990c. Book (videotape) review: Nesting Seabirds of Machias Seal Island, by Karis and Donald R. Herriott. Naturalist Review, Summer 1990 5(3): 4

—–. 1990b. Book review: Flight Strategies of Migrating Hawks, by Paul Kerlinger. Naturalist Review, Summer 1990 5(3): 5

—–. 1990a. Trinidad—A Birder’s Paradise. Birding 22(1): 46-47

Knutson, L. and W.L. Murphy. 1990. Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases. Chap. 8, pp. 121-134. In: R. A. Morse (ed.), Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, USA. 430 pp.

Knutson, L., R.I. Sailer, W.L. Murphy, R.W. Carlson, and J.R. Dogger. 1990. Computerized data base on immigrant arthropods. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 83(1): 27-31

Murphy, W.L. 1989. Book review: North American Owls: Biology and Natural History, by Paul A. Johnsgard. Naturalist Review, Winter 1989 14(10): 3

Knutson, L. and W.L. Murphy. 1988. Systematics: Relevance, resources, services, and management. Association of Systematics Collections, Special Publication 1. 56 pp.

Murphy, W.L. 1988c. Note. Systematics: Relevance, resources, services, and management. Newsletter of the Association of Systematics Collections 16(2): 11

—–. 1988b. Book review: Peregrine Falcon Populations: Their Management and Recovery, by Tom Cade, James H. Enderson, Carl G. Thelander, and Clayton M. White (eds.). Naturalist Review, Winter 1988 14(10): 3

—–. 1988a. 10-Day Checklist of the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Peregrine Enterprises, Inc., College Park, Maryland, USA. 10 pp.

—–. 1987c. A Birder’s Guide to Trinidad & Tobago. 2nd edition. Peregrine Enterprises, Inc., College Park, Maryland, USA. 160 pp., 47 figs.

—–. 1987b. First confirmed record of Western Reef-Heron, Egretta gularis, for South America. American Birds 41(1): 16-27

—–. 1987a. Book review: A Field Guide to the Hawks of North America, by William H. Clark and Brian S. Wheeler. Naturalist Review, Fall 1987 13(9): 12

—–. 1986d. A Birder’s Guide to Trinidad & Tobago. Peregrine Enterprises, Inc., College Park, Maryland, USA. 124 p., 37 figs.

—–. 1986c. Book review: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, by William H. and Stephen H. Amos. Naturalist Review, Fall 1986 12(9): 7

—–. 1986b. Book review: Wanderer on My Native Shore: A Personal Guide and Tribute to the Ecology of the Atlantic Coast, by George Reiger. Naturalist Review, Summer 1986 12(5): 4

—–. 1986a. Operating Manual and Technical Documentation: Western Hemisphere Immigrant Arthropod Database (WHIAD). Biosystematics and Beneficial Insects Institute, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 99 pp.

Knutson, L., R.E. Orth, T.W. Fisher, and W.L. Murphy. 1986. Catalog of Sciomyzidae (Diptera) of America North of Mexico. Entomophaga 4: 1-53

Steyskal, G.C., W.L. Murphy, and E.M. Hoover (eds.). 1986. Insects and Mites: Techniques for Collection and Preservation. U.S. Department of Agriculture Miscellaneous Publication 1443. 128 p., 68 figs.

Murphy, W.L. 1985e. Maryland: A first-rate hawkwatching state. Audubon Naturalist News (Washington DC) 11(8): 14

—–. 1985d. Procedure for removal of insect specimens from sticky-trap material. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 78: 881

—–. 1985c. Birding in Trinidad & Tobago. Part 3. Tobago. Trinidad Naturalist 5(12): 22-37

—–. 1985b. Of flies and raptors. Peregrine Observer (Cape May, NJ) 8(1): 20

—–. 1985a. Of flies and raptors. Audubon Naturalist News (Washington DC) 11(5): 1

Ridgway, R.L. and W.L. Murphy. 1984. Biology of the Chrysopidae: Biological Control in the Field. Chapter 8.2, pp. 220-228. In: M. Canard (ed.), Biology of the Chrysopidae. Junk Publishers, The Netherlands

Knutson, L. and W.L. Murphy. 1984. Directory of Systematic Entomologists and Acarologists in the People’s Republic of China. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 92(1): 2-18

Murphy, W.L. 1984a and 1984b. Birding in Trinidad & Tobago. Part 1: Asa Wright Nature Centre; Part 2: Blanchisseuse, Wallerfield, and the Swamps. Trinidad Naturalist 5(9): 18-25; 5(10): 38-45

—–. 1983. An entomologist reveals “Why I like bugs”. Audubon Naturalist News (Washington DC) 9(4): 6

—–. 1982b. A Rock Dove (Columba livia) bathing in deep water. Maryland Birdlife 38(1): 9

—–. 1982a. The Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) in the East: An overview. American Birds 36(3): 241-247

—–. 1977c. Bibliography of Gypsy Moth Literature. Expanded Gypsy Moth Research & Development Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture Combined Forest Pest Research Program, U.S. Forest Service. 4,500 citations, 47 pp.

—–. 1977b. Sources of Gypsy Moth Literature. Expanded Gypsy Moth Research & Development Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture Combined Forest Pest Research Program, U.S. Forest Service. 850 titles, 15 pp.

—–. 1977a. Use of lnsects as Teaching Tools in Elementary Education. U.S. Department of Agriculture , National Agricultural Library Quick Bibliography Series. 14 pp.