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The black and white plumage of the Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) is a familiar sight throughout much of the American southwest, where it is typically a year-round resident. It is one of three species of phoebes that belong to the Tyrant Flycatcher family, so named because some of its members are rather bossy birds. Black phoebes inhabit semiarid areas usually in association with permanent and seasonal water, as well as ranches, farms, suburban areas, and golf courses.
They are aggressive insect hunters with a penchant for bobbing their tails whenever they land. The males and females look alike, sporting a slightly crested crown and distinctive sharply defined black chest above a white belly. Their nest is made of plant fibers held together with mud, placed among large rocks, under bridges over creeks, and even suitable places on the side of a building. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Claude G. Edwards

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