The Black phoebe builds a nest out of mud. This mud nest is placed on a cliff, bridge, or building.
The Black phoebe uses the abundance of insects near water.
The Black phoebe is found in plant communities associated with water. They are almost always close to a water source.(sometimes this water source can just be a lawn). They especially like cottonwoods
Click on these plant community links to learn more about specific plant material and climates.
The Black phoebe needs a source of water. If there is water near your home you may be able to attract the Black phoebe by planting appropriate plant material. They like trees, especially cottonwoods, for nesting and cover as well as a perch for hunting.
The Black phoebe is found west of the Sierra Nevada range below 4000ft. There is also a small pocket of summer residents in Inyo county.