Say’s Phoebe

Sayornis saya – more commonly known as the Say’s Phoebe – is a passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family.

Adults have brownish-grey upperparts with an orange-brown belly and light grey on the throat and breast. Younger birds have cinnamon wing bars while adult birds have no wing bars.

They breed in dry open or semi-open areas across western North America from Alaska to Mexico in open-cup nests in a natural or man-made cavity or on a ledge.

These birds migrate to southern Mexico however they are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range.

They wait on a perch on a shrub or rock and fly out to catch insects in flight, also foraging by hovering over fields. They sometimes eat certain berries.

The song is a quick pit-see-ar. The call is a whistled pee-ee. These two vocalizations are often heard in incessant alternation.

Due to a loss of habitat, it is though that this birds numbers are decling.

This bird was named for Thomas Say, the American naturalist.