Black Phoebe

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. 

It has a sooty black head, chest, and upperparts, contrasted sharply by its white belly and underparts. This bird has a slender, pointed bill and a slightly notched tail, which it often flicks while perched.

The Black Phoebe is commonly found near water sources such as rivers, lakes, and ponds across the southwestern United States, Central America, and parts of South America. It prefers habitats with abundant water, where it can frequently be seen perching on rocks, branches, or man-made structures near the water's edge.

This bird is an adept insect hunter, often spotted darting from its perch to catch flying insects in mid-air. It may also pick insects off the surface of the water or from vegetation. The Black Phoebe is known for its distinctive, sharp "tsip" call, which it uses to communicate with its mate and defend its territory.

During the breeding season, the Black Phoebe builds its nest in sheltered locations such as under bridges, eaves, and cliffs. The nest is made of mud and plant fibers, creating a sturdy cup structure. This species is mostly non-migratory, staying in its range year-round.

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