Say's Phoebe

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 February 2016
Scientific Name
Sayornis saya
  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Sayornis
  • S. saya
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 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
6.7 inches
.7 to .8 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 棕腹长尾霸鹟
Czech (Cesky) tyranovec okrovobřichý
Danish (Dansk) Okkerfibii
Dutch (Nederlands) Says Phoebe
Finnish (Suomi) ruskofiivi
French (Français) Moucherolle à ventre roux
German (Deutsch) Zimtbauch-Phoebetyrann
Italian (Italiano) Fibi di Say
Japanese (日本語) チャイロツキヒメハエトリ [chairotsukihimehaetori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Brunfibi
Polish (Polski) fibik pólnocny
Portuguese (Português) Piuí-ruivo
Russian (русский язык) Феб
Spanish (Español) Mosquero Llanero
Swedish (Svenska) Rödbrun fibi
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