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Eastern phoebe can be identified by its dark head with no eye-ring, lack of wing-bars, a tail it habitually dips downward, and a voice announcing its own name. Keith Corliss / Forum Communications Co.

Flight Lines: First flycatcher of spring defies convention

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There is any number of ways we can divide birds into groups: Pelagic (oceangoing) vs. land-based, precocial vs. altricial young, cavity nesting vs. nest building, or perhaps vegetarian vs. flesh-eating.

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