Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Hispaniolan Pewee (Contopus hispaniolensis)


French: Moucherolle d’Hispaniola German: Hispaniolaschnäppertyrann Spanish: Pibí de La Española

Tyrannula carribœa [sic] (var. hispaniolensis

) H. Bryant

, 1867,

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola


Formerly treated as conspecific with C. caribaeus and C. pallidus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. h. hispaniolensis (H. Bryant, 1867) – Hispaniola.
  • C. h. tacitus (Wetmore, 1928) – Gonâve I, off W Haiti.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 11·5 g. Head and upperparts are greyish-olive, darkest on crown; wings and tail dusky, inconspicuous pale wingbars (often absent); throat grey, olive-... read more


    Call “purr, pip-pip-pip-pip”. Dawn song a loud, rapid series of paired notes rising in... read more


    Various wooded habitats, including pine (Pinus) and broadleaf forests, shade coffee... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; also small fruits. Searches from low perch, sallying out to capture insects in the air; flicks tail upon landing. Reported as... read more


    May–Jun. Nest constructed by female, a cup of rootlets, lichen and moss, placed 3–5 m up in fork of twig. Clutch 2–4 eggs... read more


    Resident. Vagrant on Mona I, between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico; recorded in Bahamas (... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Common and widespread. Haiti is one of the world’s most environmentally... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Hispaniolan Pewee (Contopus hispaniolensis). 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 7 December 2019).