Western Wood-pewee (Contopus sordidulus) - HBW 9, p. 368
French: Pioui de l’Ouest
German: Westlicher Waldschnäppertyrann
Spanish: Pibí Occidental
Other common names: Western Pewee
Taxonomy: Contopus sordidulus P. L. Sclater, 1859, Orizaba, Mexico.
Thought by some possibly to form a superspecies with C. virens and C. cinereus; has been considered conspecific with former. Geographical variation subtle, size increasing to N, colour becoming richer in moist environments such as Pacific NW. Proposed races siccicola (described from Idaho, USA) and amplus (Montana, USA) merged with veliei, and griscomi (Guerrero, in Mexico) with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- saturatus Bishop, 1900 - breeds SE Alaska and NW & W Canada S in USA to W Oregon; winters N South America (probably mainly Colombia and Venezuela).
- veliei Coues, 1866 - breeds E Alaska S through interior mainly to N Mexico, E in USA to N & W Great Plains states and S to W Texas; winters probably South America (S possibly to Peru, Bolivia and N Argentina).
- peninsulae Brewster, 1891 - breeds W Mexico (S Baja California); winters probably NW South America.
- sordidulus P. L. Sclater, 1859 - breeds highlands of Mexico S at least to Honduras, possibly to NC Nicaragua and Costa Rica; winters S to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 20 videos
Perching, restlessly scanning the vicinity Locality Canopy Lodge, El Valle de Antón, Coclé Province, Panama
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2010 4 years ago 30 sec 4.7
A lateral view of an adult perched, then displaying, and then calling. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp veliei)
Don DesJardin 24 June 2008 6 years ago 29 sec 4.6
A frontal view of a perched bird, shaking its plumage and looking around. Locality Zion National Park, Utah, USA (United States) (ssp veliei)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 29 May 2013 2 years ago 14 sec 4.5
A bird facing the wind from the top of a dead pine tree, calling softly. Locality Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp veliei)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 31 May 2013 2 years ago 18 sec 4.4
A perched bird calling from a bare branch in windy conditions. Locality Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp veliei)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 31 May 2013 2 years ago 25 sec 4.3
perched low Locality Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, California, USA (United States) (ssp veliei)
Martin Kennewell 23 May 2015 22 weeks ago 23 sec 4
PhotosSee all 17 photos
Western Wood-Pewee, front pose.
Locality Mono Lake, Mono County, California, USA (United States)
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 19 June 2015 18 weeks ago 5
Waiting for insects on Kamiak Butte
Locality Washington State, USA (United States)
Dave Rintoul 23 June 2015 22 weeks ago 4.3
Single bird in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Locality Oregon, USA (United States)
Vickie J Anderson 23 August 2013 41 weeks ago 4.3
A bird on top of a branch.
Locality Oaxaca, Oaxaca State, Mexico (Southern) (ssp sordidulus)
Josep del Hoyo 18 April 2009 5 years ago 3.6
Perched on a hummingbird feeder.
Locality Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado, USA (United States)
geokramer 30 May 2012 3 years ago 3.6
Locality Patagonia Roadside Rest Stop, Patagonia, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp veliei)
firstname.lastname@example.org 17 June 2006 42 weeks ago 3.5
Song. Locality Sonora State, Mexico (Northern)
Scott Olmstead 20 August 2009 5 years ago 4
A bird calling. Locality La Cumbre, Oaxaca State, Mexico (Southern)
Josep del Hoyo 17 April 2009 5 years ago 3
Singing adult Locality Sierra County, California, USA (United States)
Andrew_Davis 10 June 2005 5 years ago 3