Black Phoebe


(Sayornis nigricans)

Fun Fact: Although it mostly eats insects, the Black Phoebe sometimes snatches minnows from the surface of ponds. It may even feed fish to nestlings.

Diet: Insects.

Habitat: Open habitats and woodlands near water sources, like streams and wetlands.

Overview: Black Phoebe’s are flycatchers with mostly black and grey plumage and a contrasting white belly. They will sit upright on low perches near water and make short flights to catch insects. Black Phoebes are primarily monogamous and pairs stay together for as long as 5 years.