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Greater Pewee Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized songbird with a fairly long tail, short, spiky crest, and long, pointed bill.

    Relative Size

    Larger than an Eastern Phoebe, smaller than a Western Kingbird.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.1 in (18 cm)
      • Weight: 0.9 oz (27 g)

Regional Differences

Some authorities recognize two subspecies of Greater Pewee: the larger pertinax of Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico; and smaller minor of southern Mexico through Nicaragua.