SAYS PHOEBE


Sayornis saya


Description:

Like other Phoebes, this bird is an insect catcher and can be seen sitting on a low perch "wagging" its tail. These birds seem to be less abundant around Lake Murray as compared to its counterpart, the Black Phoebe.


Appearance:

Large brownish head with a pointy crown. Brown-gray upperparts, gray throat and breast. Rust colored belly and undertail coverts. Juveniles have rusty colored wing bars, adults have none. 5.75 to 6.5 inches in length.


Habitat:

Grasslands, backyards, and marshes.


Nesting:

4-5 white eggs with a 12-14 day incubation period. Fledging occurs 14-16 days after hatching. The nest is an open cup made from grass and wool, located in a sheltered, elevated, dry site on a ledge, rock wall, or building.


Observed Locations:

  • Lake Murray, La Mesa
  • FRNC, Point Loma
  • Fiesta Island, Mission Bay
  • Lindo Lake, Lakeside





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