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.


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Photo by Marshall Faintich

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