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About the Black Phoebe

Also known as: Black Flycatcher, San Lucas Phoebe, San Quintin Phoebe
The Black Phoebe is one of three species of phoebe, along with the Eastern Phoebe and the Say's Phoebe of the North American west. These birds are medium-sized flycatchers.

Black Phoebes have black upperparts and a white belly. They range across far western parts of the United States, across Central America, and in western South America.

Like most birds in the flycatcher family, Black Phoebes feed mainly on insects. They also feed on small fish and may even feed minnows to their growing babies in the nest.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 June 2016
Scientific Name Sayornis nigricans
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Sayornis
  • S. nigricans
Birdorable Family Flycatchers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 21 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.3 inches
.5 to .8 ounces
Range North America Central America South America United States (West) Americas

International Names

  • 黑长尾霸鹟 (Chinese)
  • tyranovec černý (Czech)
  • Sort Fibii (Danish)
  • Zwarte Phoebe (Dutch)
  • mustafiivi (Finnish)
  • Schwarzkopf-Phoebetyrann (German)
  • Fibi nero (Italian)
  • kurotsukihimehaetori [クロツキヒメハエトリ] (Japanese)
  • Moucherolle noir (Korean)
  • Svartfibi (Norwegian)
  • fibik czarny (Polish)
  • Papa-moscas-fibi-preto (Portuguese)
  • Чёрный феб (Russian)
  • Mosquero Negro (Spanish)
  • Svart fibi (Swedish)