Saturday, September 6, 2014

Black Phoebe

During our March 2014 visit to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, this Black Phoebe greeted us. Ranging from California and the American Southwest south through South America, this species is often closely associated with water. Her it perched on a boardwalk across a wetland.

Black Phoebes are more common since people have provided bird houses in which to breed. The birds are monogamous and often bring forth two broods per year (Wolf 1997). They are mostly insectivorous, but have been known to consume small minnows and berries.

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