This species appears remarkably big-headed, especially if it puffs up the small crest. Its plumage is gray-brown above. It has a white throat, dirty gray breast and buffish underparts which become whiter during the breeding season. Two indistinct buff bars are present on each wing. Its lack of an eye ring and wingbars, and its all dark bill distinguish it from other North American tyrant flycatchers, and it pumps its tail up and down like other phoebes when perching on a branch.
They forage slowly on tree trunks and branches by poking their bill into pine cones. These birds also find food by searching for it on the ground. These birds mainly eat insects, seeds and berries.
Their nests are deep, open cups, which are placed near the end of a tree branch. Pine warblers prefer to nest in pine trees, hence their names. Three to five blotched white eggs are laid.
Beautiful shots, HJ, the Eastern Phoebe posed perfectly for you!
Thank you, Donna, 🙂
How timely. There was a discussion at John’s Las Vegas blog whether the image he posted was an Eastern Phoebe. I said no, but suggested you might help with the ID.
John also asked for help in identifying what he thought was a Cactus Wren.
Primi piani spettacolari, molto apprezzati.
Grazie mille. Un saluto. 🙂
A very informative post as always HJ 😊
Thank you, Ashley. 🙂
Such heavenly shots, HJ!
Thank you very much, Clare. 🙂