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        The eastern phoebe is a passerine, a perching bird with four toes—three forward-facing                                  Including:
       and one backward. This configuration allows the bird to grip branches. Note also the raised
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        Outside of breeding season phoebes   spring as much as the appearance of the   10                                 5
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