Any of three species (family Tyrannidae, suborder Tyranni) of suboscine passerines with a habit of twitching their tail when perching. The eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) of North America is 7.5 in. (18 cm) long, plain brownish gray above, and paler below. Its call is a brisk “fee-bee” uttered over and over. It makes a mossy nest, strengthened with mud, on a ledge, often under a bridge. Say's phoebe (S. saya), a slightly larger bird with buff-hued underparts, occurs in open country in western North America. The black phoebe (S. nigricans), occurring from the southwestern U.S. to Argentina, is dark above with a white belly.
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==Film and television==
PHOEBE'S FINAL DAY OF TORTURE; REVEALED: Schoolgirl Was Bombarded by Vile and Relentless Bullying Just Hours before Her Suicide; Phoebe Told Friends Life Had Become Intolerable
Apr 10, 2010; Byline: John Breslin SCHOOLGIRL phoebe Prince underwent unbearable and relentless bullying and torment on the day she took...