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