Wood Pewee

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Wood Pewee (contopus sp.)

Wood Pewee

The bird of this painting ranges from the east coast through the Mississippi Valley, where its range meets that of the western pewee.  They are hard to tell apart visually, although the songs are quite different.  Both species also look like eastern phoebes, so spotting this bird with assurance requires some study.  The names of all these birds are based upon their calls, and all are flycatchers.

The pewees like groves of mixed trees, and at twilight the eastern species sings a plaintive whistled song that is longer and more varied than its daylight song.  You are much more likely to see or hear these birds in outer suburbia housing areas than in the inner city or on shopping center parking lots, since they require tall trees and cannot be heard above traffic noises.


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