[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Contopus cinereus | [UK] Tropical Pewee | [FR] Moucherolle cendre | [DE] Sudlicher Waldschnappertyrann | [ES] Pibi Tropical | [IT] Piui tropicale | [NL] Spix-piewie
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The Tropical Pewee is 14 cm long and weighs 12 g. The upperparts are dark brown with a blackish crown and two whitish wing bars. The throat and centre of the breast are whitish, the abdomen is pale yellow, and the sides of the flanks and breast are grey-brown. The bill is short, with a black upper mandible and orange lower mandible. Sexes are similar.
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The Tropical Pewee is found from Mexico to northern Colombia and Venezuela, in the Guianas and round the mouth of the Amazon and in eastern and central Brazil to Bolivia and eastern Paraguay. The subspecies C. c. punensis found in western Ecuador and Peru
They are found in forest borders and shrubby clearings where they sally for flying insects from an exposed perch to which they return frequently often shivering their tails after landing.
The nest is a small open saucer of fibre and grasses, lined with grass and decorated with lichen on its exterior. It is placed in a tree fork or on a branch. The female builds the nest and incubates the typical clutch of two creamy-white eggs, which are marked with red-brown spots at the larger end, for 15-16 days to hatching.
Tropical Pewees perch on a high watchpoint from which they sally forth to catch flying insects, returning to the same exposed perch.
This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,500,000 km