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Family: Polioptilidae

The Gnatcatchers are widely distributed throughout South, Central and North America.

There are 15 to 20 species of Gnatchatchers within three genera (Microbates, Ramphocaenus and Polioptila). The taxonomy is under review. This group comprises Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens.


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers

Editors: Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliot and David Christie

Illustrations: Norman Arlott, Hilary Burn, John Cox, Ren Hathway, Ian Lewington, Douglas Pratt, David Quinn, Chris Rose, Brian Small, Jan Wilczur, Tim Worfolk

Lynx Edicions


800 pages, 55 colour plates, over 300 photographs, 723 distribution maps.

This volume covers old world flycatchers, wattle-eyes, fantails, monarch-flycatchers, kinglets, gnatcatchers, cisticolas and allies and old world warblers.

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The Birds of South America, Volume 2, The Suboscine Passerines

Robert S. Ridgely & Guy Tudor

University of Texas Press


"The Birds of South America, projected to be a four-volume work, thus fills a critical void. Starting from a museum approach, the authors have examined specimens of each subspecies, comparing them visually and trying to discern the patterns in their plumage variation, both intra- and inter-specifically. They take a new look at bird systematics, reassessing relationships in light of new information. Perhaps most important, they combine this review and analysis with extensive field observations to give an accurate, incisive portrait of the birds in nature. At a time when rapid development is devastating millions of acres of tropical habitat in South America, this record of an endangered resource becomes crucial. If the birds and other plants and animals of South America are to be saved, they must first be known and appreciated."The Birds of South America" is a major step in that direction. Volume II includes: the Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Gnatcatchers, and Tapaculos; Tyrant Flycatchers; and Manakins and Cotingas.

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Last updated October 2006