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.

How To Identify

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

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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    NIKON Z 6
    300mm f/4

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 220

  • Parc de la Frayère

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 3600


Sayornis phoebe