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Lesser Antillean Pewee - BirdForum Opus

Male, Nominate subspecies
Photo by WickWelsh
St. Lucia, December 2016
Contopus latirostris


A small flycatcher of about 15 cm (5,75 inches).
Nominate subspecies:

  • Dark olive-brown upperparts
  • Paler lores
  • Blackish-brown wings and tail
  • Whitish chin
  • Rufous-cinnamon underparts
  • Dark iris
  • No significant wing bars or panels.


brunneicapillus is olive-brown, with lighter, more yellow underside.
blancoi is intermediate between the two other subspecies.

Subspecies brunneicapillus
Photo by njlarsen of a bird from Dominica, August 2004


Lesser Antillean Pewee is found in St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, and a related form is found in Puerto Rico.



Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. l. brunneicapillus
  • C. l. blancoi
  • C. l. latirostris

The Raffaele Field Guide for Birds of the West Indies[2] have both the St Lucia and the Puerto Rico forms as different species; at least for the St. Lucia form, no supporting evidence has ever been published.


Primarily in mountain forests and edges



Flies out from perches for insects, sometimes returning to the same perch, sometimes moving on in the same direction to the next.


The cup-shaped nest is constructed from leaves, lichen and moss.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)

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