English and Scientific names:

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)

Number of individuals: 

1 adult



Specific Locality:


Date(s) when observed:

May 8 and 9, 2010

Time(s) of day when observed:  

8:00-9:15 on May 8; early morning on May 9.

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace
New Orleans, LA 

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Discovered by Wallace (heard call); seen and ID'd by Mac Myers, David Muth, Dan Purrington, and Dave Patton.

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Excellent; partly cloudy to cloudy.

Optical equipment: 

Eagle 10x40 bins 

Distance to bird(s): 

5-15 m

Duration of observation:

~10 minutes


Cheniere woodlot; in more open area in the west part of the sanctuary.

Behavior of bird: 

Calling, flycatching, interacting with Eastern Wood-Pewee. Perched, looking around actively. Responded to iPod several times and called independently several times. Called after interacting with Eastern WP.


Pewee-sized flycatcher with brownish-gray upperparts and head, with brownish-gray breast and flanks. No contrast between head, nape, and back. Pale belly with yellowish tones. Pale wingbars. Darker overall than most Eastern Wood-Pewees, but not especially dark for a Western WP. Lower mandible yellowish-orange basal half with dark half toward tip. Dark splotches on undertail coverts. Very worn tail tip. Dark eye; no eyering apparent.


Gave the typical burry down-slurred "peeur" call of Western Wood-Pewee several times. 

Similar species:

Except in cases of extremely dark Western Wood-Pewees, it's very difficult to distinguish this species from Eastern WP. The call for Western, however, is diagnostic.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Video with the bird calling twice has been submitted to LBRC.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen and heard Western WPs numerous times out west. I've seen a couple of calling Westerns in LA in the fall.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Written from notes and video.

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



Date and time: 

June 20, 2010