Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers (Sylviidae)

Code 4

BGGN

Code 6

POLCAE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher has a very large range, extending up to 6,600,000 square kilometers. The bird can be found naturally in the Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, Canada, Mexico, the United States, Cayman Islands, Honduras, Caicos Islands, and Turks, and has been spotted in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. It resides in a number of habitats, including forests, shrublands, savannas, and artificial or terrestrial areas. The global population of the bird is estimated to be 57,000,000 and it does not currently meet the population decline criteria for the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation level of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Small, flycatcher-like perching bird, blue-gray upperparts, white underparts, prominent white eye-ring. Wings are dark. Black tail is long and white-edged. Forages in thickets, trees and shrubs for insects, their eggs and larvae. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Breeds from southern Oregon, Wyoming, Minnesota, the Great Lakes region, southern Ontario, and New Hampshire southward. Spends winters from southern California to the Gulf coast and the Carolinas. Preferred habitats include deciduous woodlands, streamside thickets, live oaks, pinyon-juniper, and chaparral.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"zee-you- zee-you"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • By flicking its white-edged tail from side to side, the gnatcatcher may scare up hiding insects. They remove the wings of larger insects and beat large prey on a perch.
  • The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is the northernmost occurring species of gnatcatcher, and the only truly migratory one.
  • Their breeding range is expanding northward, especially in eastern North America.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Gary Owen Dick

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Imran Kahn

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X