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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Polioptilidae
Genus: Polioptila
Species: caerulea


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Kelseyville, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Coatesville, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Conway, Missouri
Austin, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Needville, Texas
Sterling, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 14, 2017, lightyellow from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL wrote:

One of my favorite little birds. We get them year-round in Florida and they are kind of like miniature blue-gray mockingbirds with the similar flashing white tail and very territorial ways. They vocalize a lot so even if you haven't seen one, if you live in their range you have probably heard them.

They're insectivores and like to pluck insects off leaves (hence their name). I see them a lot on a variety of trees such as my Laurel Oak, Southern Red Oak (I think that's what that tree is), and even the non-native Crepe Myrtles (but those only in summer and spring).


On May 30, 2009, Gardeninintx from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

That's exactly what I saw this bird doing at the Heard Nature and Science Museum in McKinney TX. The blue was so striking, almost metallic blue when the sun hit it.


On Dec 29, 2008, dellrose from The Ozarks, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is the quickest little bird and everytime I have seen it it was looking for insects along the edges of the Juniper trees(Red Cedar) .