Black Phoebe On A Wire
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Recently, I was able to photograph a Black Phoebe sitting on a wire fence.
These highly attractive little birds are cousins to the Vermilion Flycatcher whose image I posted the other day. They are quite similar in morphology and size, although the phoebe, obviously, is colored differently than the scarlet colored flycatcher.
The two species also have similar — if not identical — habits. Their home territories overlap. Both species live in the southwestern United States with their ranges extending down into Mexico. Black Phoebes and Vermilion Flycatchers are insectivores that specialize in catching insects in flight. Both species hunt from perches and both are territorial in that they will stage forays from favorite perches to which they return constantly. A difference is that the Black Phoebe prefers to do its hunting near or over water. These little flycatchers usually perch adjacent to ponds and streams and they can be seen making acrobatic passes over the water’s surface as they hunt. Vermilion Flycatchers, by contrast, often will perch relatively close to water but generally do their hunting over land.
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm ISII zoom lens+1.4x telextender, aperture priority setting, ISO 400, f8 @ 1/400.