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Pewee (Eastern Wood)

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Contopus virens
Pewee (Eastern Wood)


They breed from southeastern Saskatchewan east across Canada to Nova Scotia, and south to central Texas and northern Florida. They winter in northern South America.


They live in mixed woods, orchards and parks.

Body Traits

They are mostly gray with white wing stripes (bars) and lighter belly and chest. Comparing them to the phoebe, which they look like, they do not have a darker head or an eye ring like a phoebe and their wings are longer. The lower half of their beak is lighter in color. The tail points in, at the end (notched). Males and females look alike.


They perch and watch for insects that they fly out and catch. They don’t wag their tails as much as other flycatchers.


They eat insects.

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They build nest on a tree branch of grass woven in to a shallow cup and lined on the outside with lichens and on the inside with grass, moss, and feathers. The female lays 2 – 4 white eggs with some spots.

Pewee (Eastern Wood)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Contopus
Species: C. virens

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