Polioptilidae – Gnatcatchers

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at Circle B Reserve by Lee

Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher at Circle B Reserve by Lee

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. (Matthew 23:24 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Polioptilidae – Gnatcatchers

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (20)

Collared Gnatwren (Microbates collaris)
Tawny-faced Gnatwren (Microbates cinereiventris)
Trilling Gnatwren (Ramphocaenus melanurus)
Chattering Gnatwren (Ramphocaenus sticturus)
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)
California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica)
Cuban Gnatcatcher (Polioptila lembeyei)
White-lored Gnatcatcher (Polioptila albiloris)
Yucatan Gnatcatcher (Polioptila albiventris)
Black-capped Gnatcatcher (Polioptila nigriceps)
Tropical Gnatcatcher (Polioptila plumbea)
Creamy-bellied Gnatcatcher (Polioptila lactea)
Guianan Gnatcatcher (Polioptila guianensis)
Rio Negro Gnatcatcher (Polioptila facilis)
Para Gnatcatcher (Polioptila paraensis)
Inambari Gnatcatcher (Polioptila attenboroughi)
Iquitos Gnatcatcher (Polioptila clementsi)
Slate-throated Gnatcatcher (Polioptila schistaceigula)
Masked Gnatcatcher (Polioptila dumicola)


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The 15-20 species of small passerine birds in the gnatcatcher family occur in North and South America (except far south and high Andean regions). Most species of this mainly tropical and subtropical group are resident, but the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher of the USA and southern Canada migrates south in winter. They are close relatives of the wrens. (Wikipedia)

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