Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Blackish Pewee (Contopus nigrescens)


French: Moucherolle noirâtre German: Dunkelschnäppertyrann Spanish: Pibí negruzco

Myiochanes nigrescens

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1880,

Sarayacu, Pastaza, Ecuador


Race canescens formerly placed in C. cinereus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. n. nigrescens (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1880) – locally on E slope of Andes in Ecuador and N & C Peru; possibly also extreme S Colombia.
  • C. n. canescens (Chapman, 1926) – disjunctly in S Guyana and E Amazonian Brazil.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm. Small, all-dark pewee. Has dark blackish-grey crown, slightly paler grey lores, narrow indistinct whitish eyering (more distinct at rear); rest of head, nape and... read more


    “Pip” or “peep” call, sometimes doubled. Male song a snappy, burry “chí-bew”, repeated at intervals... read more


    High canopy and margins of humid forest in foothills, often along streams or near natural forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Usually in pairs in Ecuador. Sits erect on high perch in canopy; sallies to catch aerial prey, often returning repeatedly to same... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common; probably often overlooked. Fairly common near Taisha (Morona-Santiago) and near Campococha, in Ecuador; rare in San... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Blackish Pewee (Contopus nigrescens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2019).