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. 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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 23 June 2016
Scientific Name
Sayornis nigricans
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Sayornis
  • S. nigricans
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.3 inches
.5 to .8 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑长尾霸鹟
Czech (Cesky) tyranovec černý
Danish (Dansk) Sort Fibii
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Phoebe
Finnish (Suomi) mustafiivi
German (Deutsch) Schwarzkopf-Phoebetyrann
Italian (Italiano) Fibi nero
Japanese (日本語) kurotsukihimehaetori [クロツキヒメハエトリ]
Korean (한국어) Moucherolle noir
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartfibi
Polish (Polski) fibik czarny
Portuguese (Português) Papa-moscas-fibi-preto
Russian (русский язык) Чёрный феб
Spanish (Español) Mosquero Negro
Swedish (Svenska) Svart fibi
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