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    Eastern Phoebe Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Eastern Phoebe is a plump songbird with a medium-length tail. It appears large-headed for a bird of its size. The head often appears flat on top, but phoebes sometimes raise the feathers up into a peak. Like most small flycatchers, they have short, thin bills used for catching insects.

      Relative Size

      Slightly larger than a Tufted Titmouse.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
        • Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz (16-21 g)
        • Wingspan: 10.2-11.0 in (26-28 cm)