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Say's Phoebe

Moucherolle à ventre roux

Sayornis saya

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Species: The Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya) behaves in the same manner and has many of the same habits as its eastern species, the Eastern Phoebe. Both species are apt to nest around older homes, sheds or any other type of structures. It is an insect eater, able to catch its prey in the air, or hover over plants, picking the insects off the leaves. Unlike, the Eastern Phoebe, the Say's Phoebe does not especially require water close by. It can be found in very hot and arid locations.

Distinctions: Both sexes appear similar, grey bodies, including back, head and the upper breast. Dark lores, black wings and tail. Rusty or burnt-orange coloured lower breast and rump. The juvenile is similar to adults.

Voice: Usually, two call notes to their lyrics, similar whistle type call to a pewee.

Nesting: Four to five white eggs, two broods per year. Nest constructed from grass, weeds, spider webs and mud. Nest is attached to the sides of structures, built on shelves, or the side of cliffs or bank ledges.

Birds of North America
B L W W W Family Latin Name
7.5" 19cm 13" 33cm 0.75oz 21.3g Tyrannidae Sayornis saya

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Prefers a dryer climate, not uncommon to be seen away from water. Seen throughout the Western North American Continent, where this phoebe prefers the mountainous terrain, not seen along the Pacific coast, seen from North-Central Alaska, to Southern California, east to Texas, and north to the Dakotas, into Manitoba, and across the prairies to Northern British Columbia.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds