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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Very small, active bird
- Thin bill
- White eye ring
- Blue-gray upperparts
- White underparts
- Long, black tail with white outer tail feathers-mostly
  white when viewed from below
- Male has black supercilium in breeding season

Similar species
The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is so small but long-tailed that it is only likely to be confused with other gnatcatchers. Male Black-tailed, California, and Black-capped Gnatcatchers have variable amounts of black (depending on season and age) in the crown while Blue-gray Gnatcatchers lack any black in the crown.

Female gnatcatchers, other than the Blue-gray, have their upperparts tinged with brown. Black-tailed and California Gnatcatchers have blacker tails when viewed from below and typically have grayer underparts.
 
 
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