Western wood pewee

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Western wood pewee
Contopus sordidulus 1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Contopus
C. sordidulus
Binomial name
Contopus sordidulus
(Sclater, 1859)
Contopus sordidulus map.svg

The western wood pewee (Contopus sordidulus) is a small tyrant flycatcher. Adults are gray-olive on the upperparts[2] with light underparts, washed with olive on the breast. They have two wing bars and a dark bill with yellow at the base of the lower mandible. This bird is very similar in appearance to the eastern wood pewee; the two birds were formerly considered to be one species. The call of C. sordidulus is a loud buzzy peeer; the song consists of three rapid descending tsees ending with a descending peeer.

Habitat and ecology[edit]

Their breeding habitat is open wooded areas in western North America. These birds migrate to South America at the end of summer.[how often?] The female lays two or three eggs in an open cup nest on a horizontal tree branch or within a tree cavity; California black oak forests are examples of suitable nesting habitat for this species of bird.[3] Both parents feed the young.

They wait on a perch at a middle height in a tree and fly out to catch insects in flight (hawking), sometimes hovering to pick insects from vegetation (gleaning).[relevant? ]


Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Contopus sordidulus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan, 2008

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