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Western Wood-Pewee

Contopus sordidulus

Photo © by Robert Shantz

This Western Wood-Pewee was photographed in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, June 1, 2003. The image is copyrighted by Robert Shantz.

If you're in one of Arizona's magical riparian zones and you see a bird flit and and at the same time hear a clack sound chances are it was a Western Wood-Pewee. These birds catch their dinner on the wing, mostly small insects, and the sound is made as they return to their hunting perch. Willows and cottonwoods are good places to find them. The eyes have no white ring and the wing bars are mostly too faint to see; also notice the orange lower half of beak.

Summer Resident - Migration to Neotropics for winter months

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