Black Phoebe

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Common Name: Black Phoebe

Scientific Name: Sayornis nigricans

Size: 6 inches (16cm)

Habitat: North A merica;Southwest United States, Coastal California and Mexico. Anywhere wild or residential where there is water,

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 1,000,000 Mature individuals. This species has undergone a large and statistically significant increase over the last 40 years in North America (203% increase over 40 years, equating to a 31.9% increase per decade.

Diet: Primarily insects; some berries and small fish.

Breeding: The male will show the female potential nest sites, hovering in front of a likely spot for 5 to 10 seconds. The female then makes the final decision about where to place the nest and does all the construction herself. Nest is an open cup, cemented with mud to a wall close to a ceiling. Nest made of mud mixed with grass and other dry vegetation or hair, lined with woven plant fibers. Placed under bridge, cliff, or eave of building. Females normally lay 1-6 eggs.

Cool Facts: Although the Phoebe primarily eats insects, it may occasionally catch fish. It dives into ponds to catch small minnows or other tiny fish, and may even feed fish to nestlings.

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