Black Phoebes

Tyrant Flycatchers

Black PhoebeThe Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) is a resident (non-migratory) tyrant flycatcher that occurs naturally in western North America - from southwestern Oregon and California to west Texas and northern Mexico. It is often found along streams and ponds.


The Black Phoebe reaches a length of 5.75 inches.

The head, chest, back, wings and tail are black. The belly and the under wings are white.

Diet / Feeding

Like other phoebes, it continually wags its tail when perched, and waits on open perches before flying out to catch insects.

Calls / Vocalizations

Its song is described as a series of phrases, rendered sisee and sitsew.


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