There are three species in this genus of small flycatchers, but only one, the Western Wood-Pewee, is commonly found in Alaska.
This is a small, drab bird, but the slight crest, indistinct or missing eye ring and whitish belly and throat make it fairly easy to identify in field. At least is you are outside the range of Eastern Wood-Pewees, and happily, in Alaska we are.
Fairbanks is near the northerly limit of the species’ documented breeding range. They winter in Central and northern South America. Any bird that eats mosquitoes is a winner, in WC’s thinking. Which makes the Western Wood-Pewee a pretty cool bird.
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