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Black Phoebe – Sayornis nigricans – Reflections of the Pure World


A medium-sized flycatcher with a sooty-black again and head with a white stomach. Sometimes seen singly or in pairs, normally sitting conspicuously on a low perch usually close to water. The Black Phoebe can often be seen pumping its tail up and down.

Black Phoebe at Merced NWR 11/18/2021

The Black Phoebe is a typical yr spherical valley resident that will flip up in your yard. They’re fairly vocal giving a Tsip name all year long and in a number of totally different contexts (e.g., throughout flight, foraging, interplay with potential nest predator). They are often present in nearly any habitat that features water, i.e., streams, wetlands, ponds and yard swimming pools. The Black Phoebe is insectivorous and may normally be seen flying out from a low perch to catch flying bugs and different arthropods.

Black Phoebe at CSU Stanislaus 12/16/2018

This species has an especially massive vary, seems to be rising and the inhabitants measurement is extraordinarily massive (>5,000,000), and therefore doesn’t method the thresholds for Weak. For these causes the species is evaluated as Least Concern. “BirdLife Worldwide (2022) Species factsheet: Sayornis nigricans. Downloaded from on 05/01/2022.”

Black Phoebe at Basalt Campground, Merced County 4/16/2016

Black Phoebes are monogamous and often increase 2 broods of younger throughout a breeding season. Their adherent nests are composed of a mud shell lined with plant fibers, usually positioned over water and plastered to a vertical wall inside a number of centimeters of a protecting ceiling. Nest building or refurbishment normally begins in March or April and takes from 1 to three weeks. (Wolf, B. O. (2020). Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans), model 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. on 05/01/2022.) 

Black Phoebe on the San Joaquin River NWR 9/25/2016




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