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Say's Phoebe
Sayornis saya

Flycatchers
Flycatcher Family (Tyrannidae)

Size: Length: 20.5 cm

Description: Say's phoebe is a rare sight in the Canadian Rockies. Its upper body is a drab gray-brown, while its neck and belly are gray, becoming decidedly cinnamon coloured towards the belly. The cinnamon continues through the underside of the tail. The upper surface of the tail is black. There is no eye-ring, and the beak is dark. They prefer to nest in sheltered areas with some form of overhang. In addition to bridges and eaves, they use woodpecker holes and even the abandoned nests of bank swallows. They often reuse their nests which are a flat platform of grass, moss, wool, and anything else locally available. The eggs hatch after 12-14 days with the nestlings fledging only a few weeks later. This frees the female to raise a second brood.

The cinnamon belly distinguish it from other flycatchers. Townsend's' solitaire is similar, but not only lacks the distinct belly colour, but adds some salmon colour to the wings. The call is a high pitched "pit-see-ar".

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