Description of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher has blue-gray upperparts, head, and underparts, a long, black tail with white outer edges, and a white eye ring.
Males have a black forehead.
Females have an evenly blue-gray forehead.
Seasonal change in appearance
Juveniles are similar to adults, but have browner upperparts.
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers inhabit woodlands and riparian areas.
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers eat insects and spiders.
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers forage in trees and shrubs, actively gleaning food from leaves and branches, sometimes hovering to obtain prey.
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers breed across the southern two-thirds of the U.S. and winter in the southern U.S. and Mexico. The population has increased slightly in recent decades.
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Blue-gray Gnatcatchers sometimes beat large insects against a branch before consuming them.
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have been expanding their breeding range north in recent years.
The song is a series of thin notes. A common call consists of nasal buzzes.