Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Catching Up: Phainopepla

The Phainopepla (silky flycatcher) is one of those striking birds of the Southwest. They sit atop a tree, often a mesquite, and sally out 10 to 15 feet, catch a fly, and then return to the same branch. Quite fun to watch. Here are a male and female seen in Sabino Canyon a couple of weeks back. The female is more charcoal grey, while the male is jet black. Both have red eyes and a top-knot.

Female Phainopepla

Male Phainopepla

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