Cuban Pewee (Contopus caribaeus)
Look at this sweet little bird with its big brown eyes! Isn’t it adorable?
It is the Cuban Pewee previously known as the Crescent-eyed Pewee, due to the whitish crescent behind the eye. Personally, I love its Cuban name, so adorable – Pitibobo or bonito chico.
Boasting a flat, board, bicolored set of bills with yellow lower mandible. At full size, it’s a whopping 16 cm long. It’s a common winter resident in Cuba and is also found in the northern Bahamas.
It is not as vibrant as many of the other birds found in Cuba, with its dark olivaceous gray above, dark greyish buff chest and belly, and whitish buff wing bars.
It likes the lowlands… doesn’t like elevations. You will find it in semideciduous woods, pine forests, swamps, and mangroves.
Its nesting season is between March and June. A bit like the Cuban Emerald, it also builds a cup-shaped nest, with fine rootlets and hairs, covered with lichen and moss. You’ll find its nest on a fork of a tree or bush. It lays 4 white eggs tho, that area heavily spotted with dark violet and is brown at the larger end.
It’s also referred to as a flycatcher as it masterfully catches flies on the wing.
Lucky for us, it also likes to be a model for pictures.