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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)


Photo © Evan Barrientos

Photo © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Eastern Phoebe eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Eastern Phoebe

Photo © Sharon Beals, from the collection of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley

Adult with nesting material

Photo © Evan Barrientos

Adult

Photo © Stephen Ramirez

Juvenile

Photo © Kelly Colgan Azar

Adult

Photo © Roy Brown Photography

Juvenile

Photo © Stephen Pollard

Adult

Photo © Kelly Colgan Azar

Juvenile

Photo © Victor Fazio

Primary song

© William W. H. Gunn

"Chip" call

© William W. H. Gunn

Primary song

© William W. H. Gunn

Primary song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Initially peaked vocalizations

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

Chatter vocalizations

© William W. H. Gunn

Primary song

© William W. H. Gunn

Chatter vocalizations

© William W. H. Gunn

Various calls, songs, and flight display

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

open woodland

Substrates

Cliff or Rock

In/On Building

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

2
6

Nest Height

15 ft
1 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

15-16
days

Brooding Period

16-20
days

Useful Hints

  • Nests are generally located near fresh running water.
  • Eastern Phoebes greatly prefer nest sites that are close to overhead cover (i.e., overhangs, ledges).
  • The female constructs the nest from mud, moss, and leaves mixed with grass stems and animal hair.