Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Jamaican Pewee (Contopus pallidus)


French: Moucherolle de Jamaïque German: Jamaikaschnäppertyrann Spanish: Pibí jamaicano

Myiobius pallidus


, 1847,



Formerly treated as conspecific with C. caribaeus and C. hispaniolensis. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

15 cm; 9·3 g. Has dark olive-brown head and upperparts, darkest on crown; wings dark brown, indistinct narrow buff wingbars (sometimes absent); long tail dusky brown,... read more


Call a plaintive “pee”, rarely “pee-wee”. Song a rising and then falling “oéeoh”. Dawn song two... read more


Forest, less often at edge, in openings beneath canopy. Mid-elevations to montane, to 2000m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Searches in erect posture from exposed perch 2–9 m up; makes long horizontal sallies to capture prey from the air, returning... read more


Apr–Jun; possibly nests twice yearly. Nest a cup made of finely woven plant fibres, grass and Spanish moss (Tillandsia),... read more


Descends to lower elevations, and occasionally to lowlands, during non-breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA. Common and widespread. In Jamaica, 75% of original forest cover already cleared,... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Jamaican Pewee (Contopus pallidus). 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 14 November 2019).