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About the Eastern Phoebe

Also known as: Water Pewee
The Eastern Phoebe is a species of flycatcher native to eastern parts of North America. They have grey-brown upperparts and buffy underparts that sometimes show a yellow tint. They have dark eyes and they have a big-headed appearance (making them extremely suitable as a Birdorable bird!). Eastern Phoebes are known for pumping their tails while perched.

Eastern Phoebes are migratory, spending the winter as far south as Central America and breeding as far north as Canada's Northwest Territories.

Unsurprisingly for this flycatcher species, the diet of the Eastern Phoebe is primarily flying insects. There are two other species of phoebe, Say's and Black, both with ranges further to the west. The name phoebe comes from their song, which sounds like "fee-bee".

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 09 December 2015
Scientific Name Sayornis phoebe
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Sayornis
  • S. phoebe
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 3 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 to 6.7 inches
10.2 to 11 inches
.6 to .7 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (East) Americas

International Names

  • ?????? (Chinese)
  • tyranovec dom�c� (Czech)
  • Fibii (Danish)
  • Phoebe (Dutch)
  • harmaafiivi (Finnish)
  • Moucherolle ph�bi (French)
  • Wei�bauch-Phoebetyrann (German)
  • Febo orientale (Italian)
  • ???????? [tsukihimehaetori] (Japanese)
  • Gr�fibi (Norwegian)
  • fibik oliwkowy (Polish)
  • Piu� (Portuguese)
  • ????????? ??? (Russian)
  • Mosquero Fib� (Spanish)
  • �stlig fibi (Swedish)

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