Eastern Phoebe

(Sayornis phoebe)

Conservation Status
Eastern Phoebe
Photo by Gregory Gilman
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

6½ to 7in length
10½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open deciduous woodlands, deciduous forest edges and openings, usually near water

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Mid-March to early November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Tyrannidae (tyrant flycatchers)  
 

Genus

Sayornis (phoebes)  
       
 

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Gregory Gilman
       
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Lynn Rubey
       

An Eastern Phoebe Flycatcher sighted along Ortonville's bike trail.

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Alfredo Colon
       
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Norm & Peg Dibble
       

Eastern Phoebe? diving into the pond to catch bugs, 2017. We have fun seeing large Dragonflies too.

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Dan W. Andree
       

Eastern Phoebe...

I believe it is a Eastern Phoebe… I wasn’t sure as at first thought it was a Eastern Wood Pewee but this bird bobbed or twitched its tail like a Phoebe. It was sitting on a rock by a creek in rural Norman co. Mn. June 16, 2019. Had a small insect it was just finishing eating.

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  Eastern Phoebe
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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Craig A. Mullenbach
 
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About

Birding big sit at Cold Water Spring part of the Mississippi National River Recreation Area.

 
     

 

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  Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
TheChannelOfAnimals
 
   
 
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Published on May 17, 2013

In this video, an eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) is shown flying from perch to perch above the East River with an insect in its beak. This video was recorded by the East River in Guilford, Connecticut on May 11, 2013.

   
       
  Eastern Phoebe Portrait
ebirdr
 
   
 
About

Published on May 14, 2012

The Eastern Phoebe is common east of Rockies in forested areas near streamsides, bridges, farms, roadsides, and towns.

It has a dark head, no eye ring, no wing bars. Its upright posture and tail wagging habit help identify this flycatcher. Told from pewees by its darker head than back and lack of wing bars. Empidonax flycatchers have eye rings and wing bars.

Its song: asks "Phoebe?" and then answers "Phoebe!"; sharp chip call.

   
       
  Eastern Phoebe
Mark Vance
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 16, 2013

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) - By: Mark H. Vance - Be sure to check out all of Mark's bird videos at http://www.youtube.com/markinsrq5 Please subscribe if you like birds, many more great videos to come! Thanks

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Sarasota, Fl 34233

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  Eastern Phoebe's Building Nest
WIld Bird Video Productions
 
   
 
About

Published on Apr 19, 2012

These eastern phoebes are building a nest inside my garage. They use mainly mud and moss to construct their nests. They will typically raise two brewds in the same nest each season. © 2012 Garth McElroy

   
       
  Eastern Phoebe
grcapro
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 9, 2008

Phoebe sees dragonfly, sallies forth to catch and eat it. At North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC

   
       

 

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Lynn Rubey
10/28/2019

Location: Ortonville Bike Trail

An Eastern Phoebe Flycatcher sighted along Ortonville's bike trail.

Eastern Phoebe


Alfredo Colon
9/28/2019

Location: Maplewood Nature Center in Maplewood, MN

Eastern Phoebe


Dan W. Andree
6/16/2019

Location: rural Norman Co., Mn.

I believe it is a Eastern Phoebe… I wasn’t sure as at first thought it was a Eastern Wood Pewee but this bird bobbed or twitched its tail like a Phoebe. It was sitting on a rock by a creek in rural Norman co. Mn. June 16, 2019. Had a small insect it was just finishing eating.

Eastern Phoebe


Ramona Abrego
5/4/2019

Location: Becker County

Eastern Phoebe


Ramona Abrego
8/30/2018

Location: Becker County

Eastern Phoebe


Norm & Peg Dibble
2017

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Eastern Phoebe? diving into the pond to catch bugs, 2017. We have fun seeing large Dragonflies too.

Eastern Phoebe


Gregory Gilman
10/6/2015

Location: Rochester, MN

Eastern Phoebe


     
     
 
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