Adult female. Photo: Wikimedia

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Polioptila nigriceps

This small songbird from western Mexico has been flirting with the Arizona border since the early 1970s. It has appeared in many different canyons in southeastern Arizona, and it has been known to nest there a number of times. Its occurrence is still erratic, however, and it does not seem to become permanently established in any one locality. In feeding and nesting behavior, it is quite similar to our other gnatcatchers.
Family Gnatcatchers
This small songbird from western Mexico has been flirting with the Arizona border since the early 1970s. It has appeared in many different canyons in southeastern Arizona, and it has been known to nest there a number of times. Its occurrence is still erratic, however, and it does not seem to become permanently established in any one locality. In feeding and nesting behavior, it is quite similar to our other gnatcatchers.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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Songs and Calls
Buzzy and whining calls like those of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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