Black Phoebe

A bird with a black upper body and white lower body stands on a rock and looks left. The bird has a long black tail and a short stubby beak.

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Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Length 6.75” Wingspan 9”
Short conical bill, small stocky body, rounded wings, long tail, brownish-gray with light chest, orange-yellow bill, black-brown crown stripes with white center and eyebrows, winter group forager.

A singing Black Phoebe male emits a series of two descending high-pitched tee-hees.


Last updated: August 18, 2020

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