|Western wood pewee (Contopus sordidulus)|
These birds are known as pewees, from the call of one of the more common members of this vocal group. They are generally charcoal-grey birds with wing bars that live in wooded areas.
The genus Contopus was introduced by the German ornithologist Jean Cabanis in 1855 with the eastern wood pewee as the type species. The name of the genus combines the Ancient Greek words kontos "pole" or "shaft" and podos "foot".
The genus contains 15 species:
- Olive-sided flycatcher, C. cooperi
- Greater pewee, C. pertinax
- Dark pewee, C. lugubris
- Smoke-colored pewee, C. fumigatus
- Ochraceous pewee, C. ochraceus
- Western wood pewee, C. sordidulus
- Eastern wood pewee, C. virens
- Tropical pewee, C. cinereus
- Tumbes pewee, C. punensis (split from C. cinereus)
- White-throated pewee, C. albogularis
- Blackish pewee, C. nigrescens
- Cuban pewee, C. caribaeus
- Hispaniolan pewee, C. hispaniolensis
- Jamaican pewee, C. pallidus
- Lesser Antillean pewee, C. latirostris
- Cabanis, Jean (1855). "Contopus virens Cab". Journal für Ornithologie (in German). 3 (18): 479.
- Jobling, J.A. (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E., eds. "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
- Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Tyrant flycatchers". World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
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