White-lored Gnatcatcher Polioptila albiloris

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Polioptilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Distinguishing Characteristics

10.0 - 12.0 cm. Eyes black. Bill very thin and fine, black. Crown black, but between August to March has a narrow white eyebrow. Nape, back, feathers that cover the wings, and rump blue-gray. Flight feathers of the wings brown, edged paler; inner feathers blackish with bold white edgings forming panel. Throat, chest, belly, flanks and feathers that cover undertail whitish; throat often contrastingly white. Uppertail black, with mostly white outer feathers (closed tail looks white below). Legs blackish. Males and females are different. Male: Crown black, but during August-March has a narrow white eyebrow. Female: Crown and eyebrow gray. Juveniles are similar to females.

Similar Species

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea), has the area around the eye markedly white; males have the head gray overall, and in alternative plumage have a black eyebrow. In Black-capped Gnatcatcher (Polioptila nigriceps), closed tail looks black below. In March-August the males have black crown, and in September-February is blue-gray with small black spots above the eye. Females have the crown gray, sides of face pale gray.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

White-lored Gnatcatcher (Polioptila albiloris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whlgna1