Coloring Page: Ohio Summer Residents | Eastern Phoebe

We’re giving you fun coloring activities! Some birds like to take a vacation and visit Ohio during summer. You might spot them in our state throughout the year, but the birds featured here are most prevalent during summertime.

The eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) is a flycatcher with a plain appearance. Despite its brownish-gray and off-white coloring, the eastern phoebe stands out from other flycatchers with a not-so-common habit. Eastern phoebes are known for wagging their tails in a circular motion. While “phoebe” is another name for the Roman moon goddess Diana, the eastern phoebe most likely got its name from its song, a quick and raspy fee-bee.

Did you know, in 1804, the eastern phoebe became the first banded bird in North America? According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, John James Audubon attached a silvered thread to an eastern phoebe’s leg to track its return in successive years.

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Eastern phoebe
Photo by Jessica Bolser/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region.