Jeff Wendorff's bird photography portfolio of gnatcatchers from the family, Sylviidae.

Gnatcatcher Wiki
The 15 to 20 species of small passerine birds in the gnatcatcher family occur in North and South America (except for the far south and the high Andean regions). Most species of this mainly tropical and subtropical group are resident, but the blue-grey gnatcatcher of the United States and southern Canada migrates south in winter. They are close relatives of the wrens.

These dainty birds are intermediate between Old World warblers and wrens in their structure and habits, moving restlessly through foliage seeking insects. The gnatcatchers are mainly soft bluish grey in colour, and have the typical insectivore's long sharp bill. Many species have distinctive black head patterns (especially males) and long, regularly cocked, black-and-white tails. The skulking gnatwrens are browner, more thickset, and with proportionally shorter tails and longer bills.

Gnatwrens typically occur in the undergrowth of dense, often humid, forest, while gnatcatchers occur in anything from dry scrubby habitats to the canopy of humid Amazonian forest.

Gnatcatchers Photographed
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Polioptila caerulea
Tropical Gnatcatcher, Polioptila plumbea superciliaris

Gnatwrens Photographed
Long-billed Gnatwren, Ramphocaenus melanurus

Collective Noun
There does not appear to be a collective noun for Gnatcatchers, so let's call them a swat!

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Polioptila caeruleaBlue-gray GnatcatcherLong-billed Gnatwren in PanamaTropical Gnatcatcher in PanamaTropical Gnatcatcher in Panama