Fauna Flora Photography

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

A small insectivorous bird found in open woodland and farmland near water. It often perches along rivers, ponds or lakes and dives for insects picked up in flight. It is a migratory bird and arrives in the Montreal area in late May.



Common Names

EnglishEastern Phoebe
FrenchMoucherolle phébi
SpanishMosquero fibí


SpeciesSayornis phoebe

How to Identify

Ringless eyes, the proportionally large head and the dark bill are distinguishable characteristics from other flycatchers.

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2020-06-07
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) - Parc de la Frayère - 2017-06-10

Where and When to Spot

Park de la Frayere and Park Pointe aux Prairies are locations I have been able to observe this species well.

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Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.

Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.