Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe (Latham, 1790) 9090
Family: Passeriformes > Tyrannidae

A bit larger than a Spotted Flycatcher (to which it is unrelated) this extremely rare visitor from North America continually twitches its tail in a characteristic manner.

The Eastern Phoebe is a loner; even members of a mated pair do not spend much time together. They may roost together early in pair formation, but the female typically chases the male away soon after.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1 record observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1 record


1 record observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1 record



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Eastern Phoebe, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: mosquer cendrós
Czech: tyranovec domácí
Danish: Fibii
Dutch: Phoebe
Estonian: salu-ojatikat
Finnish: harmaafiivi
French: Moucherolle phébi
German: Weißbauch-Phoebetyrann
Hungarian: szürke légykapótirannusz
Icelandic: Fógetafugl
Italian: Febe orientale
Latvian: austrumu fibija
Lithuanian: rytinis febas
Norwegian: Gråfibi
Polish: fibik oliwkowy
Portuguese: piuí
Slovak: pamuchár východný
Slovenian: vzhodni febež
Spanish: Mosquero fibí
Swedish: östlig fibi

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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