Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Colombian name: Atrapamoscas Cuidapuentes
Black Phoebe, Otun-Quimbaya, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Risaralda, Colombia
April 2012

The Black Phoebe is a tyrant-flycatcher distributed from Oregon in the western USA through Mexico and Central America and into the Andes from northern Venezuela to north-west Argentina. See the distribution map at NatureServe.

Black Phoebe, Montezuma, Tatamá, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image It is found mainly in semi-open areas near water but also in forest, often near buildings and bridges (hence the Colombian name "Flycatcher Guardian of Bridges"). It sallies short distances after insects and is often seen jerking its tail up and down when perched.

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