Variety of wooded habitats, including open forests (conifer and deciduous), forest edges, and riparian zones (Bemis and Rising 1999). Also breeds in human altered habitats, such as gardens, farms, campgrounds, and transmission-line corridors (Campbell et al. 1997). In Alaska, mainly occurs in deciduous stands on forest edges and scrub forests (Kaufman 1996). In B.C., breeds from sea level to 1,700 m elevation (Campbell et al. 1997).
Bemis, C., and J. D. Rising. 1999. Western Wood-Pewee (CONTOPUS SORDIDULUS). In The Birds of North America, No. 451 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Campbell, R. W., N. K. Dawe, I. McTaggart-Cowan, J. M. Cooper, G. W. Kaiser, M. C. E. McNall, and G. E. J. Smith. 1997. The Birds of British Columbia. Volume 3. Passerines: flycatchers through vireos. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. 693 pages.
Kaufman, K. 1996. Lives of North American Birds. Houghton Mifflin, New York. 675 pp. 399