Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)

Western Wood-Pewee
Western Wood-Pewee - Twentynine Palms, CA
© Tom Benson
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Wood-Pewee - Twentynine Palms, CA
© Tom Benson

The Western Wood-Pewee is encountered as a casual migrant on campus in late April to early May and in September to early October. It is a common spring and fall migrant throughout southern California, and a common breeding bird in the mountains.

The Western Wood-Pewee can be identified by its grayish brown head, breast and upperparts, and whitish throat and belly (the latter sometimes pale yellowish). The crown feathers are often raised giving it a slightly crested appearance.


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