GNATCATCHERS   -   POLIOPTILIDAE


Half-collared (Tawny-faced) Gnatwren - Microbates cinereiventris
Half-collared (Tawny-faced) Gnatwren
Microbates cinereiventris cinereiventris
El Valle, Chocó department, Colombia.
A really hard bird to photograph since it stays in the dark understory of the rainforest and is always moving. It took years but I finally managed to get this one, the 300mm lens and full-frame camera certainly helped. (S8)


Long-billed Gnatwren - Ramphocaenus melanurus
Long-billed Gnatwren
Ramphocaenus melanurus melanurus
Carlos Botelho State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
A widespread Neotropical species, inhabiting lowland rainforest from Mexico to SE Brazil. (S8)


White-lored Gnatcatcher - Polioptila albiloris
White-lored Gnatcatcher
Polioptila albiloris vanrossemi
West of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
Male. Just coming into breeding plumage. In basic plumage, they show a distinct white eyebrow. (S5)


White-lored Gnatcatcher - Polioptila albiloris
White-lored Gnatcatcher
Polioptila albiloris vanrossemi
El Sumidero National Park, Chiapas state, Mexico.
Male. (S5)


Tropical Gnatcatcher - Polioptila plumbea
Tropical Gnatcatcher
Polioptila plumbea bilineata
Olmedo, Guayas province, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


Tropical Gnatcatcher - Polioptila plumbea
Tropical Gnatcatcher
Polioptila plumbea bilineata
Olmedo, Guayas province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Guianan Gnatcatcher - Polioptila guianensis
Guianan (Para) Gnatcatcher
Polioptila guianensis paraensis
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
A scarce bird that is extremely difficult to see well. This one responded to playback from the lower platform of Cristalino's Tower #2 for by the far best view I've ever had. Guianan Gnatcatcher is considered three species by some authorities, but the SACC has not yet accepted the split. (S8)


Slate-throated Gnatcatcher - Polioptila schistaceigula
Slate-throated Gnatcatcher
Polioptila schistaceigula
Río Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
An uncommon gnatcatcher restricted to very wet rainforests from eastern Panama to northwestern Ecuador. (S8)


Masked Gnatcatcher - Polioptila dumicola
Masked Gnatcatcher
Polioptila dumicola berlepschi
Santa Teresa, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. (S7)















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