Say's Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe

Peachy, confiding flycatcher of the West. Common in western half of US. Timing: summer; winter only in CA and along Mexican border to Texas. Prefers open areas including sagebrush, canyons, and badlands; attracted to buildings and don’t require running water. Medium flycatcher with a thin, shortish bill; plumage is brownish gray and cinnamon belly. Sally feeder, flying from a perch to catch insects. Breeds farther north than any flycatcher (up to the tundra). Often reuse nest site. Diet includes insects. Oldest wild individual recorded was at least 4. Population ~ 35 million and increasing slightly.