The Say’s Phoebe is a winter visitor to Arizona, and one of the many flycatcher species you might see on a hike in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
This is a medium sized flycatcher species, with gray to brown on the upperparts and a pale gray throat and breast. The stomach has a touch of rust color, as do the undertail coverts. Both the wings and tail are dark in color.
The Say’s Phoebe prefers insects, fluttering from branch to branch with weak wing beats. It perches hawk-like on branches to look for prey, and can hover in the air.
Since the Say’s Phoebe prefers open areas, you would most like spot this bird in the lower elevations of the Santa Rita Mountains, including the Santa Rita Experimental Range.
The population of this species is in decline, probably because of habitat loss in its nesting sites.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com