Documentation of Black Phoebe

Observer Information

Reporter:  Robert Beauchamp  2838 Annelise Way,   Fort Collins, CO  80525
Other Observers:  Additional observers reported this bird via ebird.

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Black Phoebe
First Date/Time:  4/20/2020 6:25:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  4/20/2020 6:35:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  10 minutes
County:  Larimer
Specific Location:  CSU Environmental Learning Center
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Breeding


Willow tree along filtration plant release ditch

Description of the Bird

Size and shape similar to other phoebe species (elongated body, between 6 & 7 inches long, a little smaller than nearby Say's Phoebe). Located in small willow tree along a water ditch next to water filtration plant. Behavior: flittering about among the branches catching insects. Would fly up a catch an insect, and would move about from branch to branch among the tree. Often pumping its tail and spreading tail while perched. Dark, nearly black, head, back, wings, tail, and upper breast. White belly and vent. White on belly extended into a V shape in upper breast. Black eye and bill. Head had a peak shape. Difficult to hear calls or song, as the filtration plant was hissing quite loudly.

Similar Species Discussion

Quite distinctive as a flycatcher; no other species of this shape and size is black all over, with white belly.

Resources Used

Quite familiar with this specie from time spent on west coast where it is common place. Also use Sibley's birds and Dunn's Birds of N.A.

Previous Experience

Quite familiar with this specie from time spent on west coast (S.F. Bay area) where it is commonplace.


Review of photos

Materials Available

Photographer: R. Beauchamp

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/2/2020 9:42:00 PM
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