Western wood pewee
|Western wood pewee|
The western wood pewee (Contopus sordidulus) is a small tyrant flycatcher. Adults are gray-olive on the upperparts 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
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. Both parents feed the young.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Western Wood-pewee Species Account
- C. Michael Hogan (2008) Quercus kelloggii, Globaltwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
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