Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Ochraceous Pewee (Contopus ochraceus)


French: Moucherolle ocré German: Ockergelb-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Pibí ocráceo

Contopus ochraceus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Costa Rica




Highlands of Costa Rica, rarely also extreme W Panama (Chiriquí).

Descriptive notes

16·5 cm; 23 g. Large, crested pewee. Has crown and crest dark brownish-olive, head side, nape and upperparts olive; wings blackish, two olive-buff, buff or ochre wingbars;... read more


Call a sharp and repeated “pwit”, shriller than call of Empidonax atriceps; also a typical... read more


Broken canopy of montane oak (Quercus) forest or tall second growth, especially near... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including hymenopterans, dipterans, lepidopterans, coleopterans. Usually solitary, sometimes with mixed flocks. Searches for prey... read more


Mar. Nest a bulky cup constructed primarily of moss, saddled on slender horizontal limb high in canopy near forest edge. No other... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Uncommon to rare, and local. More or less confined to the Irazú-Turrialba... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Ochraceous Pewee (Contopus ochraceus). 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).