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Greater Pewee Life History


Habitat Open WoodlandsFound in open pine woodland with oak understory; in middle elevations in northern part of range.Back to top


Food InsectsBack to top


Nest Tree

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Behavior FlycatchingBack to top


Conservation Low ConcernThere is little information on Greater Pewee population trends. Partners in Flight estimates a breeding population of 2 million, with 13% breeding in the U.S., and 80% living in Mexico. The species rates a 12 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. Protection of pine-oak habitat to benefit the Spotted Owl and Northern Goshawk will benefit the Greater Pewee as well.Back to top


Chace, Jameson F. and Robert C. Tweit. (1999). Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. (2014). The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, USA.

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