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 Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)




Western Wood-Pewee | Contopus sordidulus photo
Western Wood-Pewee, Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE FACTS

Description
The Western Wood-Pewee is a flycatcher with small crest on the head. The bird is mainly mid gray above, and light gray below. The wings have gray flight feathers with whitish wing bars. The bird perches with a fairly upright stance, and often flies off to catch an insect before returning to same perch. The bill is dark, as are the legs and feet. Males and females look similar. Juveniles are similar to adult but slightly darker in color.

Size
length 14cm - 16cm

Environment
open woodland, forest edges, riverside woodland. Winters in tropical forest.

Food
insects

Breeding
Builds a shallow cup shaped nest in the fork of a horizontal tree branch. The nest is made of woven grass bound with spider webs and covered with moss, bud scales, insect pupa, and lined with hair or fine grass. Lays a clutch of 3 - 4 creamy white eggs with brown blotches and spots at widest point..

Range
Breeds from eastern Alaska to western Manitoba, throughout the western half of the United States and southward to Mexico and Central America. Winters from Costa Rica to northwestern South America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Tyrannidae
Genus:Contopus
Species:sordidulus
Common Name:Western Wood-Pewee