Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

Eastern and Western Wood Pewees are nearly impossible to differentiate by eye. The eastern bird’s song sounds like pee-a-wee, and is the reason this group has been so named. Both eastern and western birds maintain a preference for their side of the continent, and where each spends their summers in North America. During winters in South America, they stay on their respective sides of the continents too. The Western Wood-Pewee winters along a narrow strip in the western mountains, and the Eastern Wood-Pewee winters in northern South America and the upper Amazon Basin.

Modern science views the Eastern Wood-Pewee as monotypic (no subspecies recognised).

My expeditions in 2020 and 2021 to south Texas during spring migration provided me with ample meetings with this bird.

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