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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

General Description: Eastern Phoebes (Sayornis phoebe) are small-sized, sexually monomorphic flycatchers that usually occur east of the Rocky Mountains (an eastern species), but occasionally get out west. Adults are dark above with a darker head, wings, and tail. The sides of the upper breast are usually dark, and the belly and center of the breast are light. These flycatchers lack wingbars and lack an eyering.

Eastern Phoebes are "fly catchers," and often can be seen flying out from a perch to catch an insect in the air, then returning to the same perch to look for another passing bug. Sometimes they catch things on the ground too.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Tyrannidae, Fluvicolinae.

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Favored Habitat: Woods and farm fields.

Where to Find: Eastern Phoebes are rare around Las Vegas.


Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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