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About the Say's Phoebe

Also known as: Say's Flycatcher, Yukon Phoebe
The Say's Phoebe is a medium-sized species of flycatcher found in western parts of North America. They breed further north than any other flycatcher species of the Americas.

Say's Phoebes have a fairly drab plumage, which helps them blend into the plains and foothills where they live and breed. They have brownish grey upperparts with a dark tail and warm cinnamon-colored bellies.

Like other flycatcher species, the Say's Phoebe feeds mainly on insects. They are known for favoring bees and wasps. They feed by watching for prey from perches close to the ground, but will also take food on the wing and glean insects on the ground while hovering.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 February 2016
Scientific Name Sayornis saya
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Sayornis
  • S. saya
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 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.7 inches
.7 to .8 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) Americas

International Names

  • 棕腹长尾霸鹟 (Chinese)
  • tyranovec okrovobřichý (Czech)
  • Okkerfibii (Danish)
  • Says Phoebe (Dutch)
  • ruskofiivi (Finnish)
  • Moucherolle à ventre roux (French)
  • Zimtbauch-Phoebetyrann (German)
  • Fibi di Say (Italian)
  • チャイロツキヒメハエトリ [chairotsukihimehaetori] (Japanese)
  • Brunfibi (Norwegian)
  • fibik pólnocny (Polish)
  • Piuí-ruivo (Portuguese)
  • Феб (Russian)
  • Mosquero Llanero (Spanish)
  • Rödbrun fibi (Swedish)

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