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Greater Pewee - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Lisa W
Garden Canyon, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, USA, May 2008
Contopus pertinax


17–19 cm
Pale lower mandible is important for recognizing this bird but may not be easy to see or photograph.


North America: Arizona
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. p. pertinax (pallidiventris):
  • C. p. minor:


Desert riparian zone and secondary woodland. Nests in conferous forests


Usually perches near treetops, flying out to catch insects.


Their main diet is insects during the breeding season; otherwise they eat fruits.


Call: pip-pip-pip


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread containing an instructive discussion on the color of the lower mandible of this species
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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