Blue-gray Gnatcatcher — Polioptila caerulea

Order Passeriformes
Family Polioptilidae
Genus Polioptila
Species caerulea

This is a tiny slender bird. It is blue-gray above and white below with a narrow white eye ring and a long black and white tail. The tail is often cocked, like a wren's tail, and flipped about. It is usually seen in open woods, pines and thickets. Its song is a thin squeaky wheezy series of notes. During summer, this bird ranges throughout the eastern U.S. It winters south to Honduras.


Birds of the Arboretum

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler
Photo by Marshall Faintich

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
Photo by Greg Moyers

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Photo by Diane Lepkowski

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Photo by Benjamin Shirkey