Contopus virens: Eastern wood pewee

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The eastern wood pewee [Contopus virens] is a small tyrant flycatcher from North America. This bird and the western wood pewee [Contopus sordidulus] were formerly considered to be a single species. The two species are virtually identical in appearance, and can be distinguished most easily by their calls.

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Their breeding habitat is deciduous, mixed woods, or pine plantations in eastern North America. These birds migrate to Central America and in the Andes region of northern South America.

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They feed on insects and other arthropods. Wood pewees wait on a perch at a middle height in a tree and fly out to catch prey in flight, sometimes hovering to pick it from vegetation.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150815]

Source: Wikipedia


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