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
iLa. 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.
Inhabits 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.

Catches insects in flight. Likes bird baths.

Builds nests of sticks, grass, moss, hair and spider webs in tree hollows, caves, rock crevices, in farm out buildings and on ledges under home porches.

Lays 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.

Visit the open nesting platform page.
Robins, other phoebes and song sparrows also may use these platforms.

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Say’s Phoebe

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
iLa. -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.
Inhabits 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.

Catches insects in flight. Likes bird baths.

Builds nests of sticks, grass, moss, hair and spider webs in tree hollows, caves, rock crevices, in farm out buildings and on ledges under home porches.

Lays 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 Shelter 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.

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