Black Phoebe Identification

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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

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