In the past, this species and P. melanocephalus sometimes placed in a separate genus, Hedymeles, and frequently considered conspecific; they hybridize in overlap zone E of Rocky Mts#R. Monotypic.
S Canada from extreme S district of Mackenzie E to Great Slave L and NE British Columbia, and C & N Alberta, E to Ontario (S from N shore of L Superior), S Quebec (S of c. 49° N) and SE Newfoundland, S in USA to NE North Dakota, E South Dakota, NE Nebraska, E Kansas, NC Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and inland at higher altitudes to extreme N Georgia. Migrates to region from NE & W Mexico (from SW Tamaulipas and Nayarit) S through Central America to Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, rarely S to Peru and E to Guyana; also West Indies (mostly Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Is) and sparingly Bermuda.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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