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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Say’s Phoebe

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Sayornis
Species: Saya

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

La. tyrannus tyrant, despot, king
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. Sayorins for zoologist, Thomas Say

Painting of a Say's phoebe perched on a cactus top with desert and mountains in the background.

About 8 inches long. Brownish-gray, sometimes olivaceous tinge upper parts, darker on the head. Grayish throat and breast, cinnamon belly. Wings dusky, lined with tawny-whitish, edged with white on coverts. Exhibits typical phoebe up and down tail motion.

USGS map shows Say's phoebes inhabit most of western US, southern Canada and northwestern Mexico.

Say’s phoebes inhabit the foothills, rocky canyons and open country of western North America in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains from Saskatchewan to central Texas over to California up through British Columbia, the Yukon, to Alaska. It is of accidental occurrence east of the Mississippi. It’s been reported in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

They forage often in open country, prairies and pastures watching for flying insects usually from a perch then dart, hover or drop to the ground and return with their catch.

They also take fruit. Attract phoebes by planting blackberry, black cherry, elderberry, juniper and mulberry. They like bird baths.

Painting of Say's Phoebe head profile.

Say’s phoebes build nests of sticks, grass, moss, hair and spider webs in tree hollows, caves, rock crevices, in farm out buildings, under eaves and on ledges under home porches.

Females lay 3-7 white eggs, which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks.

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, use the Open Platform.

Select to visit the Phoebe Platform Shelter Page

Phoebe Platform

Select to view or print the Phoebe Shelter Plans

Phoebe Platform Plans

Visit the open nesting platform page.

Open Platform 

Select to view or print the open platform plans.

Open Platform Plans

Installing the larger platform shelters will likely invite a wider range of platform nesting birds, including phoebes. 

Select to view the Robin Platform web page.

Robin Platform

View or Print the Robin Platform Plans

Robin Platform Plans

Select to view the Mourning Dove Platform web page.

Mourning Dove Platform

View or print the Mourning Dove Shelter plans.

Mourning Dove Shelter Plans

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Say’s Phoebe

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Sayornis
Species: Saya

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

La. tyrannus tyrant, despot, king
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. Sayorins for zoologist, Thomas Say

Painting of a Say's phoebe perched on a cactus top with desert and mountains in the background.

About 8 inches long. Brownish-gray, sometimes olivaceous tinge upper parts, darker on the head. Grayish throat and breast, cinnamon belly. Wings dusky, lined with tawny-whitish, edged with white on coverts. Exhibits typical phoebe up and down tail motion.

USGS map shows Say's phoebes inhabit most of western US, southern Canada and northwestern Mexico.

Say’s phoebes inhabit the foothills, rocky canyons and open country of western North America in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains from Saskatchewan to central Texas over to California up through British Columbia, the Yukon, to Alaska. It is of accidental occurrence east of the Mississippi. It’s been reported in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

They forage often in open country, prairies and pastures watching for flying insects usually from a perch then dart, hover or drop to the ground and return with their catch.

They also take fruit. Attract phoebes by planting blackberry, black cherry, elderberry, juniper and mulberry. They like bird baths.

Painting of Say's Phoebe head profile.

Say’s phoebes build nests of sticks, grass, moss, hair and spider webs in tree hollows, caves, rock crevices, in farm out buildings, under eaves and on ledges under home porches.

Females lay 3-7 white eggs, which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks.

Select to visit the Phoebe Platform page

Phoebe Platform

Select to view or print the Phoebe Shelter Plans

Phoebe Platform Plans

A platform shelter made of pine wood for robins, phoebes and bluejays.

Robin Platform

Assembly drawing with dimensions for a platform shelter.

Robin Platform Plans

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.

The Robin Platform might also be suitable for phoebes. It has is slightly taller for the larger back yard platform nesters: mourning doves, robins and blue jays. It has an 8″ by 6 1/2″ base, is about 8″ floor to ceiling and has an open front and partially open sides.

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

Photo of open platform made with blonde pine.

Open Platform

Assembly drawing with dimensions for an open nesting platform.

Open Platform Plans

Installing the larger platform shelters will likely invite a wider range of platform nesting birds, including phoebes.

Select to view the Mourning Dove Platform web page.

Mourning Dove Platform

View or print the Mourning Dove Shelter plans.

Mourning Dove Shelter Plans

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Painting of a Say's phoebe perched on a cactus top with desert and mountains in the background.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Sayornis
Species: Saya

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

La. tyrannus tyrant, despot, king
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. Sayorins for zoologist, Thomas Say

About 8 inches long. Brownish-gray, sometimes olivaceous tinge upper parts, darker on the head. Grayish throat and breast, cinnamon belly. Wings dusky, lined with tawny-whitish, edged with white on coverts. Exhibits typical phoebe up and down tail motion.

USGS map shows Say's phoebes inhabit most of western US, southern Canada and northwestern Mexico.

Say’s phoebes inhabit the foothills, rocky canyons and open country of western North America in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains from Saskatchewan to central Texas over to California up through British Columbia, the Yukon, to Alaska. It is of accidental occurrence east of the Mississippi. It’s been reported in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Painting of Say's Phoebe head profile.

They forage often in open country, prairies and pastures watching for flying insects usually from a perch then dart, hover or drop to the ground and return with their catch.

They also take fruit. Attract phoebes by planting blackberry, black cherry, elderberry, juniper and mulberry. They like bird baths.

Say’s phoebes build nests of sticks, grass, moss, hair and spider webs in tree hollows, caves, rock crevices, in farm out buildings, under eaves and on ledges under home porches.

Females lay 3-7 white eggs, which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks.

Visit the Phoebe Platform Page

Phoebe Platform Shelter

View or Print the Phoebe Shelter Plans

Phoebe Platform Plans

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, use the Open Platform.

Visit the open nesting platform page.

Open Platform 

Select to view or print the open platform plans.

Open Platform Plans

Installing the larger platform shelters will likely invite a wider range of platform nesting birds, including phoebes.

A platform shelter made of pine wood for robins, phoebes and bluejays.

Robin Platform

Assembly drawing with dimensions for a platform shelter.

Robin Platform Plans

Photo of mourning dove platform made with blonde pine, also for robins, phoebes and bluejays.

Mourning Dove Platform

View or print the Mourning Dove Shelter Plans.

Mourning Dove Platform Plans

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