Guianan Gnatcatcher (Polioptila guianensis)

Guianan Gnatcatcher

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Polioptilidae | [latin] Polioptila guianensis | [UK] Guianan Gnatcatcher | [FR] Gobemoucheron guyanais | [DE] Cayennemuckenfanger | [ES] Perlita de las Guayanas | [IT] Zanzariere della Guiana | [NL] Guyana-muggenvanger


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Above blackish grey with a white eyring, the female is much lighter colored around the head. Wings black with grey edges, outer three tail feathers white and inner tail feathers black. Chin and upper throat white, upper breast grey. Remianing underparts white.

Listen to the sound of Guianan Gnatcatcher

[audio: Gnatcatcher.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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It is found in Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. What was once thought to be Guianan Gnatcatcher P. guianensis is now split into four species: Guianan, Rio Negros P. facilis, Para P. paraensis, and Iquitos P. clementsi Gnatcatchers across the Amazon basin. In Suirname Poliptila facilis occurs.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is a rare species that lives alone or in pairs, regularly following mixed-species flocks through the canopies of rain forests.


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Feeding habits

Feeds predominantly on insects gleaned from foliage.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,400,000 km

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