7 Things to Know About Black Phoebe

Common in human areas, Black Phoebe perches low near water. Scan shrubs, rocks for sightings along lakes, streams, seashores. #Birdwatching

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Sooty-gray Black Phoebes, 6.3", 0.5-0.8 oz, 10.5-11" wingspan. No gender distinction. Juveniles have buffy wing bars. White-winged ones have white bellies.

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Identification

Black Phoebes hunt insects near water, ground, or air, catching spiders, bees, flies, fish, and occasionally eating berries. Active day and night.

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Food

Male Black Phoebes find sites, females decide. Prefer human structures, reuse nests. Clutch: 1-6 eggs, glossy white, 15-18 days' incubation, 18-21 days' nestling.

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Nesting and Eggs

Thriving with 2% annual growth, Black Phoebes adapt to human landscapes, nesting in diverse areas. Protecting water sources is vital for their nests.

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Current Situation

Black Phoebes primarily eat insects, occasionally catching surface-level minnows, even feeding them to nestlings.

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Facts

Male Black Phoebes find nesting sites, showcasing them to females. The female decides and builds the nest.

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