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
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 6.3 in (16 cm)
      • Weight: 0.5-0.8 oz (15-22 g)