An American tyrant flycatcher with mainly gray-brown or blackish plumage.
- Genus Sayornis, family Tyrannidae: three species, in particular the common eastern phoebe (S. phoebe)
- I can hear the songs of migrating birds: phoebes, white-throated sparrows, towhees, catbirds, chipping sparrows.
- I'm thinking a phoebe, purple martin, starling fluttering up, a kingbird, I have no idea what's on the lowest wire, a nuthatch and a robin.
- Like other phoebes, Say's Phoebes bob their tails.
early 18th century: imitative; influenced by the name Phoebe.
from Greek Phoibē, literally 'bright one'.