Eastern Phoebe

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".
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 09 December 2015
Scientific Name
Sayornis phoebe
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Sayornis
  • S. phoebe
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 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
5.5 to 6.7 inches
10.2 to 11 inches
.6 to .7 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 灰胸长尾霸鹟
Czech (Cesky) tyranovec domácí
Danish (Dansk) Fibii
Dutch (Nederlands) Phoebe
Finnish (Suomi) harmaafiivi
French (Français) Moucherolle phébi
German (Deutsch) Weißbauch-Phoebetyrann
Italian (Italiano) Febo orientale
Japanese (日本語) ツキヒメハエトリ [tsukihimehaetori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gråfibi
Polish (Polski) fibik oliwkowy
Portuguese (Português) Piuí
Russian (русский язык) Восточный феб
Spanish (Español) Mosquero Fibí
Swedish (Svenska) östlig fibi
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