Cuban Pewee

Contopus caribaeus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

CUPE

Code 6

CONCAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Cuban Pewee has a large range, estimated globally at 120,000 square kilometers. It is native to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Puerto Rico and prefers forest, shrubland, and wetland ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in plantations and degraded former forests. The global population of this bird has not been determined, but it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of Cuban Pewee is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Cuban Pewee: Small flycatcher, gray upperparts, dark gray head with bushy crest and white crescent behind eye, and pale yellow underparts. Wings are dark with two faint bars. Upper mandible is black while lower mandible is yellow. Legs and feet are black. Feeds mostly on small insects.

 

Range and Habitat

Cuban Pewee: Resident of northern Bahamas and Cuba. This species has only been seen a few times in the United States, all in South Florida. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and heavily degraded former forest.

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Cuban Pewee SONGS AND CALLS

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"Dee-dee-dee" calls from a pair.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"eeah, oweeeah, dee-dee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Cuban Pewee has the useful habit (for a photographer) of sallying to catch insects on the wing and then often returning to the same perch.
  • A group of pewees are collectively known as a "dribble" and a "squirt" of pewees.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X