Say's Phoebe

1/1250s at f8.0, ISO:800, Canon Mark III 1Ds w/800mm, 1.4.x converter


The Say's Phoebe belongs in the tyrant flycatcher family. Their breeding habitat is dry open or semi-open areas across western North America from Alaska to Mexico, including towns. They make an open cup nest in a natural or man-made cavity or on a ledge. They lay 3 to 6 eggs per clutch and incubate them for 12 to 14 days. The female Say's phoebe incubates the eggs exclusively but both parents may feed the nestlings. The nestlings fledge 14 to 17 days after hatching. The phoebes may reuse their nest for another clutch in the same season or pick a new nesting site. These birds migrate to southern Mexico. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range. They wait on a perch on a shrub or rock and fly out to catch insects in flight, also foraging by hovering over fields. They sometimes eat certain berries.
Boulder County, CO
 
04/24/2011