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Western Wood-Pewee

Contopus sordidulus

The Western Wood-Pewee is often found conspicuously perched in the woodlands of Western USA, from Texas, west to California, and north to Alaska and the prairies of Canada. In winter these birds abandon the North American continent and fly to northwestern South America.

The nearly identical Eastern Wood-Pewee’s range does not overlap the range of these western cousins except for a small region in the Great Plains. The songs of the two are quite different and are a reliable means to tell them apart.

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