Eastern Phoebe

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Sayorins
Species: phoebe

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. turannos tyrant
La. tyrannus tyrant, despot, king
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. Sayorins for zoologist Thomas Say
La. Phoebe mythological Titaness, daughter of Uranus and Gaea

Six or seven inches long. Brown head with slight crest, gray brown back, gray wings with white bars and white underside with yellow tint. Black bill and feet.

Exhibits the characteristic phoebe up and down tail motion. Makes an abrupt, harsh note.

Painting of an eastern phoebe on a vine embellished tree branch.

Phoebes are a favorite pretty song bird. Eastern phoebes inhabit woodland and grove edges, shady ravines, river bottoms and open farm fields and natural plains if there is something to nest on or under.

USGS map shows eastern phoebes range in most of the US and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains.

Their breeding range extends across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, throughout the Great Lakes Region, to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all down the east coast and Appalachia over to the Great Plains. Migrates to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Phoebes feed on moths, flies, bees and other insects which they catch on the fly with a clap of their beak like the swallows do. They also eat berries and various other small fruit.

If your lucky enough to have them in your yard, you can watch them catch insects without the need of a messy feeder. They also like bird baths.

Phoebes typically return to the same place year after year and almost always nest under something.

They build nests of twigs, roots and moss, cemented with mud and lined with grass, hair, and feathers in woodlands near wetlands.

Painting of eastern phoebe perched on a branch overhanging a stream with a bridge crossing the stream among foliage in the background

Phoebes often nest on and under bridge beams, or cliff protrusions. They will nest near and even with humans on house ledges under eaves and in farm buildings.

Their nests have been found in culverts, caves, wells, freight train cars and even a ferry that was in use.

Phoebes mate for life. The female lays four to six, more or less, speckled white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks. They often rear two broods in a season.

The Phoebe Platform has approximately a 6″ by 6″ base, measures approximately 6″ from floor to ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

Install a platform on the side of a garage, shed or porch under open shelter or an eave over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to twelve feet high.

Never install in a tree or near objects that cats and squirrels can climb. Squirrels can leap 8′ horizontally!

Platform nesting birds claim platforms that best simulate ledges on cliff faces which are difficult for predators to scale. They can also scan the surrounding area and below.

If the location is under a roof, porch, eave, open sheds, etc., consider installing this Open Platform.

Visit the open nesting platform page.

Robins, mourning doves, bluejays and other phoebes also may use these platforms.

 

Eastern Phoebe Song

Song of the eastern phoebe written to sheet music by F Schuyler Mathews

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Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Sayorins
Species: phoebe

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. turannos tyrant
La. tyrannus tyrant, despot, king

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. Sayorins for zoologist Thomas Say
La. Phoebe mythological Titaness, daughter
      of Uranus and Gaea

Phoebe with an insect in its bill
 

Six or seven inches long. Brown head with slight crest, gray brown back, gray wings with white bars and white underside with yellow tint. Black bill and feet.

Exhibits the characteristic phoebe up and down tail motion. Makes an abrupt, harsh note.

Phoebes are a favorite pretty song bird. Eastern phoebes inhabit woodland and grove edges, shady ravines, river bottoms and open farm fields and natural plains if there is something to nest on or under.

USGS map shows eastern phoebes range in most of the US and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains.

Their breeding range extends across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, throughout the Great Lakes Region, to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all down the east coast and Appalachia over to the Great Plains. Migrates to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Phoebes feed on moths, flies, bees and other insects which they catch on the fly with a clap of their beak like the swallows do. They also eat berries and various other small fruit.

If your lucky enough to have them in your yard, you can watch them catch insects without the need of a messy feeder. They also like bird baths.

Phoebes typically return to the same place year after year and almost always nest under something.

They build nests of twigs, roots and moss, cemented with mud and lined with grass, hair, and feathers in woodlands near wetlands.

Phoebe perched on a twig near its nest under a river bridge
 

Phoebes often nest on and under bridge beams, or cliff protrusions. They will nest near and even with humans on house ledges under eaves and in farm buildings.

Their nests have been found in culverts, caves, wells, freight train cars and even a ferry that was in use.

Phoebes mate for life. The female lays four to six, more or less, speckled white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks. They often rear two broods in a season.

The Phoebe Platform has approximately a 6″ by 6″ base, measures approximately 6″ from floor to ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

Install a platform on the side of a garage, shed or porch under open shelter or an eave over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to twelve feet high.

Never install in a tree or near objects that cats and squirrels can climb. Squirrels can leap 8′ horizontally!

Platform nesting birds claim platforms that best simulate ledges on cliff faces which are difficult for predators to scale. They can also scan the surrounding area and below.

If the location is under a roof, porch, eave, open sheds, etc., consider installing this Open Platform.

Robins, mourning doves, bluejays and other phoebes also may use these platforms.

 

Eastern Phoebe Song

Song of the eastern phoebe written to sheet music by F Schuyler Mathews

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Painting of an eastern phoebe on a vine embellished tree branch.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Sayorins
Species: phoebe

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. turannos tyrant
La. tyrannus tyrant, despot, king
iLa. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. Sayorins for zoologist Thomas Say
La. Phoebe mythological Titaness, daughter of Uranus and Gaea

Six or seven inches long. Brown head with slight crest, gray brown back, gray wings with white bars and white underside with yellow tint. Black bill and feet.

Phoebes exhibit the characteristic phoebe up and down tail motion and make abrupt, harsh notes.

Phoebes are a favorite pretty song bird. Eastern phoebes inhabit woodland and grove edges, shady ravines, river bottoms and open farm fields and natural plains if there is something to nest on or under.

USGS map shows eastern phoebes range in most of the US and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains.

Their breeding range extends across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, throughout the Great Lakes Region, to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all down the east coast and Appalachia over to the Great Plains. Migrates to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Painting of eastern phoebe perched on a branch overhanging a stream with a bridge crossing the stream among foliage in the background

Phoebes feed on moths, flies, bees and other insects which they catch on the fly with a clap of their beak like the swallows do. They also eat berries and various other small fruit.

If your lucky enough to have them in your yard, you can watch them catch insects without the need of a messy feeder. They also like bird baths.

Phoebes typically return to the same place year after year and almost always nest under something.

They build nests of twigs, roots and moss, cemented with mud and lined with grass, hair, and feathers in woodlands near wetlands.

Painting of eastern phoebe perched on a branch overhanging a stream with a bridge crossing the stream among foliage in the background
Phoebes often nest on and under bridge beams, or cliff protrusions. They will nest near and even with humans on house ledges under eaves and in farm buildings.

Their nests have been found in culverts, caves, wells, freight train cars and even a ferry that was in use.

Phoebes mate for life. The female lays four to six, more or less, speckled white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks. They often rear two broods in a season.

Select to visit the Phoebe Platform page

The Phoebe Platform has approximately a 6" by 6" base, measures approximately 6" from floor to ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

Install a platform on the side of a garage, shed or porch under open shelter or an eave over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to twelve feet high.

Select to view or print the Phoebe Shelter Plans

Never install in a tree. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest. Squirrels can leap 8' horizontally!

Platform nesting birds claim platforms that best simulate ledges on cliff faces which are difficult for predators to scale. They can also scan the surrounding area and below.

If the location is under a roof, use the Open Platform.

Visit the open nesting platform page.
Select to view or print the open platform plans.

 

Eastern Phoebe Song

Song of the eastern phoebe written to sheet music by F Schuyler Mathews

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