Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)

The Eastern Wood-Pewee is part of the Contopus family, a very difficult family to identify to species level in the field. The best field mark is the bill, which has orange lower mandible with a black tip. This species, unlike the Tropical Pewee, is a passage migrant and will only stay in the country from mid-August to November, and from mid-March to May. In similar fashion to the Western Wood-Pewee (and further differentiating from the Tropical), this bird will return to the same perch after a sally, so observing the behavior can help with identification.

eastern wood-pewee - contopus virens - pibí oriental (2)

This flycatcher rests on a branch before each acrobatic hunt, moving its head rapidly as it follows insects that fly around

Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens - Pibí Oriental (4)

Barely visible, this bird has white whiskers that protrude from the base of the bill

Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens - Pibí Oriental (8)

Wood-Pewees are normally found on natural perches, but they will readily use fences to rest

Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens - Pibí Oriental (7)

Neither Western nor Eastern should appear between December and March, or from June to July

Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens - Pibí Oriental (6)

The orange lower mandible is clearly visible. Other than that mark, it is difficult to identify among the Western and the Tropical

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