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Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe

A small insectivorous bird found in open woodland and farmland near water. It often perches along rivers, ponds or lakes and dives for insects picked up in flight. It is a migratory bird and arrives in the Montreal area in late May.

Common Names

  • Eastern Phoebe (en)
  • Mosquero fibí (es)
  • Moucherolle phébi (fr)
  • Weißbauch-Phoebetyrann (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Tyrannidae
  • Sayornis phoebe

Where & When to Spot

Park de la Frayere and Park Pointe aux Prairies are locations I have been able to observe this species well.

How to Identify

Ringless eyes, the proportionally large head and the dark bill are distinguishable characteristics from other flycatchers.


Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2020-06-07

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 220;

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Park de la Frayère, Boucherville - 2017-06-10

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 3600;

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