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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Male Blue-gray Gnatcatcher with black cap

General Description: Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea) are tiny, blue-gray birds with a distinct, round eyering and a thin, pointy beak. The top of the tail is black with white outer feathers, and the underside of the tail is white. Males have an indistinct, black eyebrow line.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Polioptilidae.

Favored Habitat: Mojave Desert Scrub and Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Female Blue-gray Gnatcatcher with brown cap

Where to Find: Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are birds of brushy desert canyons and open woodlands. Look for them at Willow Springs and middle elevations on Mt. Charleston.

Comments:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) If you were a tasty bug, this might be the last face you'd ever see!
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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