September 2, 2016 – Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Requested by: @gepwin

These gnatcatchers are found in much of the southern United States and Central America. Their diet is mostly small insects and other invertebrates. Swallowing smaller prey whole, they beat larger insects against a perch before eating them. Both males and females build nests from spiderwebs and lichen. They build up to seven nests, moving to a new site if their current nest becomes unusable due to predation, brood-parasitism, or infestation. Both parents incubate the eggs. Females tend to stay with the young chicks while males bring them food.


July 20, 2015 –┬áBlack-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)

Found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, Black-tailed Gnatcatchers are one of the smallest North American songbirds, weighing only 0.2 ounces (5.1-6 grams). Living in very dry habitats, they get the majority of their water from the food they eat, which is mostly insects, along with occasional fruit and seeds. Both males and females build the nest, using materials like plant fibers, cactus wool, spiderwebs, feathers, or fur. They form monogamous pairs and may defend territories together all year, with some pairs staying together for life.