Cuban Pewee: Small flycatcher, gray upperparts, dark gray head with bushy crest and white crescent behind eye, and pale yellow underparts. Wings are dark with two faint bars. Upper mandible is black while lower mandible is yellow. Legs and feet are black. Feeds mostly on small insects.
Range and Habitat
Cuban Pewee: Resident of northern Bahamas and Cuba; inhabits pine forests, woods, forest edges, tree plantations, brushy scrub, swamp edges, and mangroves.
The Cuban Pewee has the useful habit (for a photographer) of sallying to catch insects on the wing and then often returning to the same perch.
A group of pewees are collectively known as a "dribble" and a "squirt" of pewees.
The Cuban Pewee has a large range, estimated globally at 120,000 square kilometers. It is native to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Puerto Rico and prefers forest, shrubland, and wetland ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in plantations and degraded former forests. The global population of this bird has not been determined, but it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of Cuban Pewee is Least Concern.