from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tyrannuline, or little olivaceous flycatcher, of the genus Contopus, the species of which are numerous in the warmer parts of both Americas.


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  • One thing must be said, however, in defence of the western wood-pewee -- he means well.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • She saw a variety of birds, including the titmouse and the eastern wood-pewee

    The University of North Carolina Campus: Natural Environment and Landscaping (1792-1877)

  • Not only does the veery exhibit this strong liking for solitude, and express the loneliness of the woods more perfectly than any other bird, with the exception, perhaps, of the wood-pewee; but his calls and cries are all plaintive, many of them sensational, and one or two really tragic.

    Little Brothers of the Air

  • But on my first morning in the grove, what was my dismay -- I may almost say despair -- to find that the Western wood-pewee led the matins!

    A Bird-Lover in the West

  • The wood-pewee was unheard, and even the vireo seemed to have finished his endless song and gone his way.

    Little Brothers of the Air

  • It is loud, pervasive, and in quality of tone not unlike our Eastern phoebe, lacking entirely the sweet plaintiveness of our wood-pewee.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

  • This bird's nest, as well as his song, is unlike that of our wood-pewee.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

  • On the edge sang the indigo-bird and the wood-pewee, and cardinal and wood-thrush song formed the chorus to all the varied notes that we heard.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

  • Next to the wood-pewee, he was the most friendly of our feathered neighbors.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

  • The wood-pewee, in dress and manners nearly resembling his Eastern brother,

    A Bird-Lover in the West


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