Documentation of Black Phoebe

Observer Information

Reporter:  John Rawinski  239 Cotten Ln.,   MONTE VISTA, CO  81144-9286
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Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Black Phoebe
First Date/Time:  4/14/2014 9:00:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  4/14/2014 9:15:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  15 minutes
County:  Alamosa
Specific Location:  Location Not Listed
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Breeding


shallow water wetland in old river meander

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Swarovski 8X32
Distance:  60 feet
Light:  sunny and bright

Description of the Bird

This bird was sparrow-sized about 6-7 inches in length. It was perched on a barbed wire fence and was sallying out to catch insects. Then it would return to the same perch. The bird was entirely black except for a starkly contrasting white belly and undertail. It had a black head, breast, neck, back, tail and feet. Eye and bill were black. I watched the bird and took photographs for about 15 minutes.

Similar Species Discussion

Say's Phoebe....lighter brown color and yellowish belly.  Eastern phoebe is browner as well. My bird was black, with white belly.

Resources Used

National Geographic Birds of North America

Previous Experience

I have seen this species numerous times in Arizona.



Materials Available

Photographer: John Rawinski

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Date Documentation Submitted

4/30/2014 10:36:00 AM
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