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Sonoran Desert Birds



Black-tailed gnatcatcher - (Polioptila melanura)

 Black-tailed gnatcatcher

Size: 4.5 inches
Overall Color: gray
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: insects
Nest: tiny cup
Field Identification: white eye ring, white outer tail feathers
Season: year-round

Black-tailed gnatcatcher
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae (gnatcatchers)
Genus: Polioptila
species: melanura

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