Eastern Phoebes made ornithological history in 1804 when John James Audubon tied silver thread on the legs of nestlings - the first North American experiment in bird banding. The next year he found two of his marked birds nesting nearby.
Scientific Name: Sayornis phoebe.
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; holds two to six white eggs.
Voice: 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.
Backyard Favorites: Native plants to attract bugs.
Bird Song & Range Map
Listen to the Eastern Phoebe’s song and learn where to spot them!
Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.