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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Polioptila caerulea, photo © by Michael Plagens

This gnatcatcher is hunting for insects in a Scrub Live Oak along Reynold's Creek, Sierra Ancha, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 5 June 2010.

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These small birds eat many small, soft-bodied insects and must eat many of them. Thus they are seemingly always on the move, flitting from branch to branch while searching for food. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is similar to the Black-tailed Gnatcatcher which tends to occur in drier, scrubbier habitats. Blue-grays have the undersurface of the tail mostly white, and the call is softer sounding.

Summer Resident - Migration to Neotropics for winter months

Polioptilidae -- Gnatcatcher Family

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