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#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

On Sunday March 18, 2018, an unknown birder photographed an interesting Contopus flycatcher at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Monroe, Florida. The bird has since been identified as a Cuban Pewee, the ABA Area’s 6th record.

Fort Zachary Taylor is a Florida State Park, located at the end of Southard Street on Truman Annex in Key West. Admission to the park is $6.00 per vehicle and $2.00 per pedestrian. Specific location of the bird in the park is forthcoming, but local birders have suggested that the pine tree in the background looks familiar to areas between the first parking lot and pines along the beach area.

Cuban Pewee is known from 6 previous accepted records and one unaccepted, all in spring or fall. The last was in Miami-Dade County in April 2017. It is fairly distinctive as far as Contopus flycatchers go, with short primaries and a distinctive white crescent behind the eye. Howell et al, in Rare Birds of North America notes that the species does appear to have some seasonal movement between habitats in Cuba, stating that it may have been overlooked in the past as it has generally not been included in North American field guides.

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Nate Swick

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Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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