Black-tailed Gnatcatchers live in pairs all year, defending their territory and foraging in trees and low shrubs for a wide variety of small insects and some spiders. It hunts actively for insects on vegetation and during the winter usually stays with large flocks of titmice, kinglets, and vireos. It has been consistently reported along the Mexican and Arizona border in recent years. The Black-capped Gnatcatcher is the most southern gnatcatcher seen in North America. Adults are blue-grey on the upperparts with white underparts, with a long slender bill and a long black tail with white outer tailbands on the uppertail.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher (Polioptila nigriceps), Proctor Road, Madera Canyon, Pima County. Unlike the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, which it closely resembles, the Black-tailed Gnatcatcher rarely catches insects in midair. 31:23.

The male has a black cap during the This gnatcatcher is identified by almost all-white tail feathers, when the undertail is seen. Long slender black beak. Language Common name; Dutch: Zwartstaart-muggenvanger: English, United States: Black-tailed Gnatcatcher: French: Gobemoucheron à queue noire: Icelandic: Húfuhremmir It is mainly a native bird of Mexico. Black cap, blue-gray upperparts, black tail, gray white underparts. The outer tail feathers mostly white gives underside of tail a white appearance when tail closed. The black-capped gnatcatcher (Polioptila nigriceps) is a very small songbird. Black-capped Gnatcatcher: Very small. Description. As with most species at or beyond the extreme margin of their range, numbers of …

Black-capped Gnatcatchers were first found in Arizona in May 1971 along Sonoita Creek.

Barely entering the United States from Mexico, this species is restricted to dry thorny undergrowth of foothill forests. In the summer pairs are found near the small nest in a fork of a low bush or shrub. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Song - Download CD ... Fullaire 590 views.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher songs, call notes, and other sounds. Weak fluttering direct flight with shallow wing beats.