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There are five photos on this page:

1. Eastern Phoebes, early nestlings

Eastern Phoebes, early nestlings.

2. Early nestling Eastern Phoebe,
view of abdomen

Early nestling Eastern Phoebe, view of abdomen.

3. Mid-nestling Eastern Phoebes,
food begging (and food getting!)

Mid-nestling Eastern Phoebes, food begging (and food getting!).

4. Fledgling Eastern Phoebe

Fledgling Eastern Phoebe.

Phoebe's Nest, 4½" (11.43 cm) wide by 2½" (6.35 cm) tall.A member of the Flycatcher family, which includes the Eastern Kingbird, Phoebes snap up flying insects in mid-air with their flat beaks. They are known for a distinctive tail-dipping motion when perched. Often found near water, these birds winter from Arizona to Bermuda. Their nests may be located under bridges, on house rafters, or even on doorsills. Fairly easy going and sweet tempered, Eastern Phoebes are delicate and have very specific dietary requirements.

These young birds were brought to us after a cat killed the parents. They were successfully rehabilitated and released. Newly released, rehabilitated Eastern Phoebes will return for back-up (or "support") feedings for a short time, and can be called down to grab insects in mid-air from the rehabilitator's hands!

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All photographs by Walter S. Bezaniuk. Most illustrations by Kathleen Frisbie.
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