Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

(Polioptila caerulea)

Conservation Status
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Photo by Christa Rittberg
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

4½ in length

6 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Deciduous woodland edges

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late April through August

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Polioptilidae (gnatcatchers and gnatwrens)  
  Subfamily Polioptilinae  
 

Genus

Polioptila (gnatcatchers)  
       
 

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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Christa Rittberg

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

For more information see:
http://ebirdr.com/bird/blue-gray-gnatcatcher

   
  Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
MyBackyardBirding
 
   
 
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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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  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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