smudgy breast; yellowish belly; no eye-ring; (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-20)

Eastern Phoebe
Sayornis phoebe

Native Range: North America

Notes: in the USA, the eastern ecological counterpart of the western Black Phoebe; larger than Empidonax flycatchers and wood-pewees, this species can be told by several distinctive features: regular tail-pumping motion, absence of eye-ring or prominent wingbars, and proclivity to perch near streams or ponds; nests under bridges or other covered structures; gets its name from its hoarsely whistled voice, phoe-bee.

ventral view; plain dark face, dark tail (Florida, USA; 2007-12-27)

dorsal view; plain brownish upperparts (Florida, USA; 2007-12-27)

often perches prominently (Florida, USA; 2008-12-25)

posing for a portrait (California, USA; 2011-02-27)

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