Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Little Bird with a Large Story

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Little Bird with a Large Story

Written by Bob Sundstrom
 
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[Blue-gray Gnatcatcher calls]

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are little birds that may be onerous to identify as they forage busily amid dense leaves overhead. However they’re undoubtedly price a more in-depth look.

[Blue-gray Gnatcatcher calls]

The slim, 4½-inch Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is discovered over a lot of the East and Midwest and in elements of the West. It actively searches bushes and bushes for small bugs to eat, typically hovering and flaring an extended black and white tail.

[Blue-gray Gnatcatcher calls]

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers feast on many sorts of bugs moreover gnats – treehoppers, leafhoppers, aphids, spittlebugs, and weevils, to not point out spiders and caterpillars.

The largest shock about this tiny chook is its capacity to imitate different birds’ voices. In the middle of a male’s lengthy, squeaky track, he might sing samples of jays, tanagers, nuthatches, warblers, and plenty of different birds he has heard.

[Blue-gray Gnatcatcher song]

The track’s selection doubtless helps entice a mate.

[Blue-gray Gnatcatcher song]

Hidden within the dense leaves, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher could be simple to miss. But it surely has its personal wonderful story to inform.

For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.

This present is made potential by Jim and Birte Falconer of Seattle, Idie Ulsh, and the Horizons Basis.

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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by B Sullivan and W Hershberger.
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© 2019 Tune In to Nature.org   March 2019/2022   Narrator: Mary McCann
 
ID#   BGGN-01-2019-03-25   BGGN-01

REFERENCES
On mimicry: see BNA account — subscription solely
See additionally p. 78 in https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/points/1985/v49n3bggn.pdf
Additionally:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/information/Blue-gray_Gnatcatcher/sounds#
 

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