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Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Polioptila melanura

Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Black-tailed gnatcatcher on a brittlebush (Encelia farinosa). Ajo, AZ. December 2008.
Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Black-tailed gnatcatcher

Size: 4.5 inches
Overall Color: gray
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: insects
Nest: tiny cup
Field Identification: white eye ring, white outer tail feathers
Season: year-round


Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Passeriformes
Family: 66 Sylviidae (gnatcatchers)
Genus: Polioptila
Species: melanura

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