This insect-eating bird has earned the respect and admirations of bird-watchers all over the East. Learn how to attract eastern phoebes to your yard, and listen to their song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Sayornis phoebe.
- Family: Flycatcher.
- Length: 7 inches.
- Wingspan: 10-1/2 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: White throat, long dark tail and a dark head.
- Nest: Mud and moss, lined with grasses, hair and feathers, under a bridge, deck or in a cave entrance.
- Song: Calls its name in rapid successions, “phoebe, phoebe, phoebe.” Also, clear, whistled “weew” or “tiboo.”
- Habitat: Near water, woods with streams, farmyards and along wooded country roads with bridges crossing streams.
- Diet: Insects
- Backyard Favorites: Nesting sites under the eaves of houses, sheds, decks and other man-made structures.
Listen to this bird’s song