Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

About the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Also known as: Blue-gray Flycatcher, Sylvan Flycatcher, Western Gnatcatcher, San Lucas Gnatcatcher

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is a small songbird that lives across parts of the United States and Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean.

These little cuties are aptly named, as much of their plumage is a blue-gray color. They have white underparts and a white eyering. Breeding male Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have a dark line over their eyes.

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are constantly on the move, which can be a frustrating "field mark" for birders who often hear them before they are seen.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 July 2012
Scientific Name
Polioptila caerulea
  • Passeriformes
  • Polioptilidae
  • Polioptila
  • P. caerulea
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
3.9 to 4.3 inches
6.3 inches
.2 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 灰蓝蚋莺
Czech (Cesky) leskot modrošedý
Danish (Dansk) Blågrå Snerresmutte
Dutch (Nederlands) Blauwgrijze Muggenvanger
Finnish (Suomi) sinisääskikerttu
French (Français) Gobemoucheron gris-bleu
German (Deutsch) Blaumückenfänger
Italian (Italiano) Zanzariere blue-grigio
Japanese (日本語) ブユムシクイ [buyumushikui]
Norwegian (Norsk) Nordmyggsmett
Polish (Polski) siwuszka ciemnobrewa
Russian (русский язык) Голубая комароловка
Spanish (Español) Perlita Común
Swedish (Svenska) Blågrå myggsnappare
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