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Eastern Wood Pewee - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by mmdnje
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, May 2007
Contopus virens


6.5 inches (17 cm) in length
A sparrow-sized flycatcher, dull olive-grey above and slightly more pale below, with two whitish wing bars.

Similar Species

The Western Wood Pewee is very similar, but is generally darker below; the two species are best told apart by voice. This species is larger than the Empidonax Flycatchers and doesn't have an eye ring.


Breeds from south-central and southeastern Canada to the Gulf Coast and central Florida and winters in the tropics.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Forests, open woodlands, tidal marshes, orchards, and shade trees in parks and also along roadsides.



The open cup nest is made from grasses, bark and lichen; 3 eggs are laid and incubated for 12-14 days. Both parents care for the young which fledge 15-17 days later.


A plaintive pee-ah-weee or pee-weee, falling in pitch on last note.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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