- Contopus sordidulus
14-16 cm (5.5-6.3 in)
- Grey-olive upperparts
- Dark bill
- Closed vested appearance
- Dark cap and slight crest
- Throat usually gray, sometimes whitish
- Whitish belly
- Undertail coverts streaked.
- Whitish wing-bars fade with wear
- Long primary projection
Sexes are similar.
Not safely distinguished from Eastern Wood-Pewee except by voice. Olive-sided Flycatcher is larger with heavier bill; has an open vest with faint streaking on the sides; lacks obvious wing-bars; song very different. Greater Pewee lacks vested appearance.
Western North America.
- C. s. saturatus:
- C. s. veliei:
- C. s. peninsulae:
- C. s. sordidulus:
Open wooded areas and orchards.
Perches in the open, sallying out after flying insects and returning to the same perch.
They build an open cup nest and 2-3 eggs are laid. Both parents feed the young.
Includes insects, spiders and berries.
Main song is a down-slurred short burry, nasal "pweer" sung from an exposed perch, and heard throughout the day. Dawn song is a long "peee" followed by two short pip pip notes. Calls include a burry "bzew" and a clear down-slurred "pweew."
Medium-distance to long-distance migrant, wintering in South America.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Bemis, C. and J. D. Rising (2020). Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.wewpew.01
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 2019. Western_Wood_Pewee in: All About Birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/ Accessed on 17May 2020.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Western Wood Pewee. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Western_Wood_Pewee
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