Documentation of Black Phoebe

Observer Information

Reporter:  Donna Stumpp  1929 Meagan Way,   Erie, CO  80516
Other Observers:  Peter Stumpp

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Black Phoebe
First Date/Time:  6/21/2021 1:20:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  6/21/2021 1:35:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  15 minutes
County:  Rio Grande
Specific Location:  Del Norte
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Breeding


On a low perch, a fallen branch maybe 18" above the river. The branch had fallen so it was right at the water's edge, and less than 50' from a bridge.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Canon 5D Mark iii with Tamron 150-600 lens
Distance:  150' or so
Light:  Sunny.

Description of the Bird

My husband, Peter Stumpp, was with me and noticed the interesting behavior of the bird. He starting birding in January 2021 and had not seen a Black Phoebe before so I did the ID. The ID was based on the black head and vest with white below, flycatcher behavior and shape.

The bird repeatedly left the low perch to catch bugs and then return to the perch. We saw this 3-4 times over a period of 10-15 minutes before continuing our walk. No calls were heard.

Similar Species Discussion

Eastern Phoebe was eliminated because this bird had a completely black head and throat.

Resources Used

I have seen a Black Phoebe in Pueblo a couple of times before, so I used this experience and the Sibley app on my iPhone to confirm the ID.

Previous Experience

I have seen a Black Phoebe twice in Pueblo before. The black head and throat with black vest is distinctive.


Review of photos

Date Documentation Submitted

6/26/2021 5:31:00 PM
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