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Say's Phoebe

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Photo by LeslieHereford, Arizona, USA
Photo by Leslie
Hereford, Arizona, USA
Sayornis saya


[edit] Identification

Subspecies sayaPhoto by DJ ODonnellLoveland, Larimer Co., Colorado, April 2018
Subspecies saya
Photo by DJ ODonnell
Loveland, Larimer Co., Colorado, April 2018

length 17–19·5 cm (6¾-7¾ in), weight 21 g
A medium-small grayish bird with distinctive rich rufous underparts and pale gray wing bars; dark eyestripe. Black tail.
Sexes similar; juvenile differs in orangey-buff wingbars.

[edit] Similar Species

Female Vermilion Flycatcher is superficially similar, but differs in smaller size, shorter tail, streaked breast, and weak whitish supercilium.

[edit] Distribution

Western U.S. except for coastal areas in summer; moves south to along coasts and along U.S.-Mexican border for winter, range extends southward into Mexico.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. s. saya:
  • S. s. quiescens:

[edit] Habitat

Open country: prairie, desert, fields, arid scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

They 'wag' their tail.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of arthropods, with some bees, flies, wasps and fruit also consumed.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)

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