Tropical Pewee (Contopus cinereus)

The Tropical Pewee gets its name from their characteristic, high pitched song. They are small, dull colored birds that are found in the caribbean lowlands, as well as in the south pacific. The distinctive field marks are the crown darker than the head, the bill is orangish, and has a yellowish belly. It is also a resident species; similar Western Wood-Pewee and Eastern Wood-Pewee are migratory, and occur from August to November, and from March to May. The following individual was photographed during a Birdwatching trip to El Copal, on July 23rd with Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica.


A Tropical Pewee rests on a delicate branch near the trail to the lodge

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