Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

(Polioptila caerulea)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon migrant and breeder

Habitat

Deciduous woodland edges

Size

4½ in length

6 wingspan

      Photo by Christa Rittberg

Identification

The upper parts are bluish-gray. The underparts are pale gray.

The breeding male has a black forehead. There is a white eye ring.

The outer tail feathers are white.

The legs are dark.

 
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Migration

Late April through August


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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Certhiidae (Creepers)

 

Subfamily:

Polioptilinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

Bahamas Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea caesiogaster)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea deppei)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea nelsoni)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea perplexa)

Cozumel Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea cozumelae)

Eastern Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea caerulea)

Western Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea amoenissima)

Western Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea obscura)

 
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  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Larry Bond
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 26, 2015

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http://ebirdr.com/bird/blue-gray-gnatcatcher

 
     
  Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
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Published on Dec 7, 2014

This cute Blue Gray Gnatcatcher is a new species documented in the Backyard! Although I'm sure they've always been in the area they are very hard to spot. The energetic little bird is rapidly hopping through dense brush catching spiders and small bugs on the dew covered vegetation in the morning when bugs are easy picking. It is very difficult to get more than a few seconds of video of these little birds when they are feeding.

The blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) is a very small songbird, 10–13 cm (3.9–5.1 in) in length and weighing only 5–7 g (0.18–0.25 oz).Adult males are blue-grey on the upperparts with white underparts, have a slender dark bill, and a long black tail edged in white. Females are less blue. Both sexes have a white eye ring.

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More info at: http://screech-owls.blogspot.com/2014/12/blue-gray-gnatcatcher.html

 
     
  Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Ricky L Jones
 
   
 
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Published on May 15, 2015

The blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) is a very small songbird, 10–13 cm (3.9–5.1 in) in length and weighing only 5–7 g (0.18–0.25 oz). Adult males are blue-grey on the upperparts with white underparts, have a slender dark bill, and a long black tail edged in white. Females are less blue. Both sexes have a white eye ring.

The blue-gray gnatcatcher's breeding habitat includes open deciduous woods and shrublands in southern Ontario, the eastern and southwestern United States, and Mexico. Though gnatcatcher species are common and increasing in number while expanding to the northeast, it is the only one to breed in Eastern North America. They build a cup nest similar to a hummingbird's on a horizontal tree branch. The incubation period is 13 days for both sexes. Both parents construct the nest and feed the young; they may raise two broods in a season.

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  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5/21/2017
Dalibor Mrkic
 
   
 
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Published on May 21, 2017

Male and female Blue-gray Gnatcatchers on the nest

 
     

 

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