Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea


Conservation Status

  • Blue-gray gnatcatchers are energetic birds with plenty of personality. Males have distinctive black “eyebrows,” which make them look angry, and aid in identification. 
  • As gnatcatchers hop from branch to branch, they flick their tails from side to side, startling and uncovering hidden insects. 
  • The nests of the species look just like a knot of wood. They are camouflaged with lichen and spiderwebs. 
  • Blue-gray gnatcatchers are most often seen in the Cumberland River Basin from April to September.