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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. Usually seen singly or in pairs, often sitting conspicuously on a low perch typically close to water. The Black Phoebe can incessantly be seen pumping its tail up and down.

Black Phoebe at Merced NWR 11/18/2021

The Black Phoebe is a standard 12 months 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 completely different contexts (e.g., throughout flight, foraging, interplay with potential nest predator). They are often present in virtually any habitat that features water, i.e., streams, wetlands, ponds and yard swimming pools. The Black Phoebe is insectivorous and may often 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 a particularly giant vary, seems to be growing and the inhabitants dimension is extraordinarily giant (>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 http://www.birdlife.org on 05/01/2022.”

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

Black Phoebes are monogamous and incessantly elevate 2 broods of younger throughout a breeding season. Their adherent nests are composed of a mud shell lined with plant fibers, sometimes positioned over water and plastered to a vertical wall inside just a few centimeters of a protecting ceiling. Nest development or refurbishment often 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. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blkpho.01 on 05/01/2022.) 

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

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