Sayornis nigicans

Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe

In North America the black phoebe (Sayornis nigicans) is a resident of the Southwest, California and Southern Oregon. This flycatcher inhabits open areas, always near water.

Black phoebes, with their white bellies contrasting with their black heads and upper parts, are distinctive little birds that are easy to identify.

Their diet consists of insects. Black phoebes will also take small minnows and occasionally eat berries.

Throughout most of their range black phoebes are resident. They will move to higher elevations for the breeding season and some do move further south for the winter.

At Baum Lake (Lassen County CA) where this picture was taken, black phoebes can be seen throughout the winter.

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