Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers, Calyptura)  
Genus: Contopus (5 species, 15 worldwide)


Tropical Pewee
Tropical Pewee (Contopus cinereus brachytarsus)
Arenal, Costa Rica  
   
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Non-migratory. Sometimes with a yellower belly and darker crest than Eastern Wood Pewee or Western Wood Pewee.

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) Near Threatened
Huila, Colombia  
   
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Also called Olive-sided Pewee. Migrates from the boreal pine forests, and disperses widely in tropical America. Perches in the open, often high. Slightly larger than the other pewee species (compare to Rusty-margined Flycatcher).
From front.

Smoke-colored Pewee
Smoke-colored Pewee (Contopus fumigatus zarumae)
La Planada, Tolima, Colombia  
   
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Western Wood Pewee
Western Wood Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   
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Northern migrant. Very difficult to differentiate from the Eastern Wood Pewee when ranges overlap. Supposedly more greyish, and with less of an orange/pink lower mandible.

Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Wood Pewee (Contopus virens)
Isla San Andres, Colombia  
   
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Northern migrant. Very difficult to differentiate from the Western Wood Pewee when ranges overlap. Usually perched out in the open, sometimes in the canopy and sometimes less than a meter above ground. May allow a close approach.


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