The Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) is a distinctive tyrant flycatcher native to western North America, from southwestern Oregon and California to west Texas and northern Mexico.
The Black Phoebe reaches a length of 5.75 inches, and unlike other phoebes, has very contrasting plumage, black on the head, breast, back, wings, and tail, and white on the underbelly and under the wings. This species also spends more time along streams and ponds than the other phoebe species, and is not migratory but stays in its range year-round. Like other phoebes, it continually wags its tail when perched, and waits on open perches before flying out to catch insects.
Its songs is a series of phrases, rendered sisee and sitsew, and its call is similar to that of the Eastern Phoebe.