Cuban Pewee

Contopus caribaeus




Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

White with dark brown or black spots

Number of Eggs:

2 - 4

Incubation Days:

10 - 12

Egg Incubator:

Nest Location:

On branch or fork of tree.

Nest Material:

Roots,hair,dired grass.lichens., Lined with small feathers and plant materials.





Cuban Pewee: Small flycatcher with 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. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Cuban Pewee: Two to four white eggs with dark brown or black spots are laid in a small, finely made cup of roots, hair, dried grass, lichens, and other soft materials, and lined with small feathers and plant materials.

Foraging and Feeding

Cuban Pewee: Feeds mostly on small insects, but also eats fruits.


Cuban Pewee: Makes a long, thin whistle. In Cuba, the song is a high-pitched, weak, squeaky whistle consisting of two phrases, usually given sequentially, "eeah, oweeeah." In the Bahamas, the song is similar, but has a third "dee-dee" phrase.

Similar Species

Cuban Pewee: La Sagra's Flycatcher is larger, lacks white eye crescent, and has red-brown edged tail feathers.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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