Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Polioptilidae
  • Polytypic: 12 subspecies
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The Tropical Gnatcatcher is an energetic, widespread songbird of the neotropics, ranging from Mexico to the Amazon basin.  Found in a wide variety of subtropical and tropical forest types below 1200 meters, this bird can typically be found in constant motion making short hops or flights from branch to leaf to branch searching for insects, cocking its tail up while making soft, whining calls.  Tropical Gnatcatchers are tiny and thin, blue-gray above and white below with a long tail, mostly black with white outer rectrices.  Males have black caps while females have blue-gray caps concolorous with the rest of the upperparts.

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Song (White-browed)

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Tropical Gnatcatcher (Polioptila plumbea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: