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Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans angustirostris

Description:

The Black Phoebe is a medium-sized flycatcher, being 16 centimeters (6.3 in) in length and weighing 15 to 22 grams (0.5 to 0.8 oz). It has predominately black plumage, with white on its belly and undertail coverts. In this specimen (Sayornis nigricans angustirostris), the plumage happens to be dark gray. The phoebe can be recognized by a characteristic 'tail-wagging' motion, in which the tail is lowered and fanned, then slowely . It accomplishes almost all locomotion by flight, which is direct, with steady wing beats. Its song consists of two alternating phrases (tee-hee, tee-ho or sisee, sitsew). The song can be heard from both sexes, but is more commonly sung by males.

Habitat:

Mérida, Venezuela

1 Species ID Suggestions

avesjohn
avesjohn 10 years ago
Black Phoebe
Sayornis nigricans Black Phoebe


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7 Comments

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

lovely!!

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 9 years ago

Thanks Karen & Mary!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Beautiful series!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely!

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 10 years ago

avesjohn, you are right! Thanks for the ID.

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 10 years ago

Thank you! This bird happens to be very fast.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Nice Spotting

YucefMerhi
Spotted by
YucefMerhi

Mérida, Estado Mérida, Venezuela

Spotted on Aug 13, 2008
Submitted on Nov 30, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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