Mate replacement in Eastern Phoebes usually only occurs following death- an understandable practice. Infanticide by an Eastern Phoebe. Some tyrant flycatchers are known for their bold, aggressive behavior, this family often called the Tyrant Flycatchers for this reason. It also does not bob its tail habitually, and appears on the breeding grounds much later though it leaves for winter quarters at about the same time as the eastern phoebe.[5]. They only found evidence supporting the predator deference hypothesis. Change ), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sayornis_phoebe_-Owen_Conservation_Park,_Madison,_Wisconsin,_USA-8.jpg#/media/File:Sayornis_phoebe_-Owen_Conservation_Park,_Madison,_Wisconsin,_USA-8.jpg. However, whereas the Chickadees call is drawn out and drops in pitch, the Phoebe… Weak fluttering bouyant flight. This is one of the first birds to return to the breeding grounds in spring and one of the last to leave in the fall. var sc_project=965006; This is likely an important factor in individual recognition among Eastern Phoebe populations. pageTracker._trackPageview(); Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck. The Alder and Willow Flycatchers are so similar in plumage that visual identification is nearly impossible. Eastern Phoebe: Small flycatcher with dark gray-brown upperparts and slightly darker wings and tail. Two indistinct buff bars are present on each wing. The eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) is a small passerine bird. The Eastern Kingbird in particular, seems to go out of its way to chase much larger birds (such as Turkey Vultures) away from its territory. They found that both in-season and between-season divorce rates were below 5%! It has a white throat, dirty gray breast and buffish underparts which become whiter during the breeding season. Underparts are pale with hint of olive-brown or yellow on sides and breast. The eastern phoebe is occasionally host to the nest-parasitic brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater). Nesting activity may start as early as the first days of April. When I started my quest I admittedly had no interest in a small bird like the Eastern Phoebe, as I thought they would be uninteresting. Related species often replace each other in different habitats or regions such as in the case of the Eastern and Western Wood-Peewees. It frequently nests under eaves, bridges, or other overhangs on human-made structures. Small to medium in size, tyrant flycatchers have stocky heads with medium sized beaks, tails that vary in length, and long wings. scJsHost+ Phoebe is an alternative name for the Roman moon-goddess Diana, but it may also have been chosen to imitate the bird's call. It is native to the nations of North America as well as Belize, Bahamas, Cuba, and Turks and Caicos Islands and prefers forest and shrubland ecosystems. The typical call is a sharp "chip" sound, and some raspy chattering are also part of the eastern phoebe's repertoire. A group of researchers in 2010 that were examining an Eastern Phoebe nest observed startling behavior of a non-mating bird (Ritchison and Ritchison, 2010). Bioacoustics-the International Journal of Animal Sound and Its Recording. Migratory, winters from the Ohio River to the Gulf Coast. The eastern phoebe is a rather dull phoebe found in the east and across central Canada. By slowing down to observe and read about the Eastern Phoebe, I learned that these little birds are anything but boring. Its plumage is gray-brown above. //