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Eastern Wood-Pewee Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Triangular head
- Grayish-olive upperparts
- Dark bill is yellow at base of lower mandible
- Breast has olive wash
- Whitish throat, belly and undertail coverts
- Wing bars
- Commonly feeds high in the canopy by flying out to
  catch insects and returning to same perch

Similar species
The relatively nondescript Eastern Wood-Pewee is almost identical to the Western Wood-Pewee and is best separated by differences in range and songs. The larger Greater Pewee has a different range and an entirely yellow lower mandible.

Olive-sided Flycatcher is quite similar but is larger, with more obvious dark sides, larger bill, and sometimes has white patches visible above the wing. Empidonax flycatchers are very similar but appear smaller, have more obvious eye rings (most species), and different vocalizations. Juvenile Eastern Phoebe is similar but has a darker head and wags its tail.
 
 
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