Eastern Phoebe

General description.

The Eastern Phoebe is a bird very plain visually, but distinct vocally. This bird was the first bird used in a bird-banding experiment by John James Audubon. It has provided information about life span, nesting sites, range, and migration. These birds have a high tolerance for cold and winter as far North as the Ohio River. These bird are often found perched in trees, searching for insects. During breeding season, this bird is monogamous. A pair nests on a cliff, building, or bridge and lays 2-8 white eggs. They then raise the young and care for them until they leave the nest at about 16 days old. Pairs raise 2 broods per year. This bird will except man made nest ledges. This bird is common and populations are increasing. The development of rivers has led to more nesting space.

Flight pattern.


Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

chip and FEE-be

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Eastern Phoebe nests on cliffs, buildings, and bridges and lays 2-8 white eggs in April. A pair raises 2 broods per year.
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