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Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans


Adult Description •Small songbird; medium-sized flycatcher. •Black above and below. •White belly and under tail. •Wags tail. A small black-and-white flycatcher of the Southwest, the Black Phoebe is often found around people, but nearly always near water.


Found in open areas near water, along cliffs, streams, lakes, agricultural areas, and parks. Often found around buildings.


Cool Facts •Although primarily insectivorous, the Black Phoebe occasionally catches fish. It dives into ponds to catch small minnows or other tiny fish, and may even feed fish to nestlings. •The male Black Phoebe shows the female potential nest sites, hovering in front of a likely spot for 5 to 10 seconds. The female makes the final decision about where to place the nest and does all the construction.

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Arizona, USA

Spotted on Oct 23, 2011
Submitted on Jun 23, 2012

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