Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

The Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea) are small songbirds found in forests and shrublands in southern Ontario, the eastern and southwestern United States and Mexico.  For the winter they migrate south to southern United States, Mexico, northern Central America-(Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras), Cuba, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Cayman Islands.

These birds measure about 3.9 - 5.1 inches (10 - 13 cm).  Males lare bluish-grey above and white below.  They have blackish bar above the beak extending to the eyes (lacking in the female).  Females have a less bluish plumage.   Both males and females have white eye brows.

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Bill Shape
all-purpose
long billed
Eats
meal-worms
nut-meal
sunflower
Regions
alabama
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yucatan
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
swimming
Behavior
jerks
Markings
bold
head
plain
Sounds
grating
harsh call
soft
Location
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
chaparral
fir forest
mesquitebosque
oakpinewoodland
riparianorriverforest
savanna
shrubs
flats
Forests
Marshes
Color
gray
white
rust
Body Shape
necklong
perching
Size
tiny
medium
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
gnatcatchers - polioptilidae
warblers and gnatcatchers (old world) - sylviidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern