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Western Wood-pewee
Contopus sordidulus

Flycatchers
Flycatcher Family (Tyrannidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-15 cm

Description: The western wood pewee is another common flycatcher. It has a drab gray to olive gray body with few visible markings aside from two light wing bars. There is no white eye-ring.

Similar Species: The olive-sided flycatcher has a light streak down the centre of its breast, as well as a white rump patch. Other flycatchers tend to have a white eye-ring which helps to differentiate them from the olive-sided flycatcher and the western wood pewee.

Range: This is another western flycatcher, which can be found throughout the Canadian and American Rockies.

Habitat: Look for the western wood pewee in open coniferous, deciduous or mixed woods, edges, and even along rivers and coulees.

Diet: They catch insects on the wing.

Nesting: They nest mid-way up a tall tree, often between 4.5 and 9 m (15-30 ft). The nest is a cup made of feathers, grass, weed stems, and hair, often held together by spider web. The female lays 3 (sometimes 2 or 4). The eggs are white to creamy yellow, often marked with reddish-brown around the widest part of the egg. The 3 eggs are incubated by the female, with the altricial hatchlings emerging after approximately 12 days. Both adults feed the nestlings which fledge after 14-18 days.

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