Eastern Phoebes breed all across Michigan in open deciduous woodlands, usually near water. They spend the winter primarily across the southeastern United States, ranging as far north as Virginia, southern Kentucky, and central Oklahoma and as far south as central Mexico. An insectivorous, this tyrant flycatcher sits alertly on low perches, often twitching their tail as they look for flying insects. They also eat fruits and berries in cooler weather.
The Eastern Phoebe's call is a sharp chip, and their characteristic song fee-bee gave them their common name. They are a gray sparrow-sized bird with a lighter gray belly and no eye rings, no obvious wing bars and an all dark bill and legs. The Eastern Phoebe is a fairly short-bodied, long-tailed flycatcher with a thin pointed bill and a big-headed look when they puff up their small crest.