Say's Phoebe

Sayornis saya
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Length: 8 in. (20 cm )
Sitting at the top of the highest point in open fields and savannas, the Say\'s Phoebe is a conspicuous flycatcher always looking for an insect. In agricultural fields, Alaskan cliff faces and rural homes and barns, individuals or pairs sit upright wagging their tails up and down. They make their nest of grass and moss and stick it onto shady protected parts of cliffs, buildings, or bridges. Frequently this species hovers over a point in a field waiting to pounce on an insect crawling along the ground.

The four-digit banding code is SAPH.




Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Say's Phoebe
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 20, 2023
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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Say's Phoebe. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 20, 2023 from

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