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Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Polioptila nigriceps

Black-capped Gnatcatcher
copyright Jim Burns
Length: 4 in. (11 cm)
Barely entering the United States from Mexico, this species is restricted to dry thorny undergrowth of foothill forests. It hunts actively for insects on vegetation and during the winter usually stays with large flocks of titmice, kinglets, and vireos. In the summer pairs are found near the small nest in a fork of a low bush or shrub. The male has a black cap during the breeding season but loses it in the winter The four-digit banding code is BCGN.

Desert
Desert

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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Male
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