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    Black Phoebe Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Black Phoebes are small, plump songbirds with large heads and medium-long, squared tails. They often show a slight peak at the rear of the crown. The bill is straight and thin.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than a Western Scrub-Jay; larger than an American Goldfinch.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 6.3 in (16 cm)
        • Weight: 0.5-0.8 oz (15-22 g)