It may seem odd, but the Eastern Phoebe is an Arizona resident, at least in the winter months. Look for this species in the Santa Rita Mountains at higher elevations.
This is a small flycatcher, with dark gray to brown on the upperpart, and pale brown to olive underneath. The tail is dark gray to black, as are the wings. Occasionally there will be a tinge of yellow on the breast or sides.
The Eastern Phoebe has the honors of being the first bird to be banded to study their migration habits. Back in the early 1800’s, John Audubon used a silver thread to identify birds later.
The name “phoebe” comes from the sound it makes, and of the three species of phoebes, this is the only one where the call matches the name almost perfectly.
The Eastern Phoebe dines on insects, berries and fruits. Occasionally it will catch fish if the option is available.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com