• Incubation: 16 days
• Clutch Size: 4-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 15-16 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects
This sparrow-sized bird varies from grayish to brownish color with a light breast. There are no wing bars or eye-rings, although some immature phoebes do have wing bars. The very similar wood pewee always has distinct wing bars. An excellent field trait for the phoebe is its tail-wagging habit.
Habitat and Habits
The Eastern phoebe is usually the first flycatcher to arrive in the spring and the last to leave in the fall. It is a fairly common summer resident. They are often seen near iron or stone bridges and farm buildings. Their preferred habitat is open woodland near water. Phoebes are named for their song a clear fee-bee, repeated many times.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
The nest of mud and grass, lined with moss, is attached to a rock overhang, bridge support, or barn rafter and will contain four to five white eggs.