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Phoebe (Eastern)

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Sayornis phoebe
Phoebe (Eastern)


They winter from Mexico all the way up the eastern U.S. coast. In summer, they go north as far as the Yukon to breed.


They live in open woodlands near water. They like cliffs, bridges and buildings.

Body Traits

They are olive-gray with a darker head than back, solid black bill, and no wing bars or eye ring. They are 6 -7 inches long.


They wag their tails and have a “phoe-be” call.


They catch insects in flight.

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They nest in a small cup made of mud, moss and leaves and lined with grass and hair. They cement their nests to a wall with mud, close to a ceiling under a bridge, cliff, or the eave of a building. The female lays 2 - 6 white, sometimes dotted, eggs.

Phoebe (Eastern)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Sayornis
Species: S. phoebe

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