Family Gnatcatchers (Polioptilidae)

Least Concern

Cuban Gnatcatcher (Polioptila lembeyei)


French: Gobemoucheron de Cuba German: Kubamückenfänger Spanish: Perlita cubana

Culicivora lembeyei


, 1858,

eastern Cuba




Cuba, mainly on N coast (E from Cayo Coco), also locally on S coast (E from Cienfuegos).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 4·5–5 g. Bill short and slender, narrowing to fine, slightly hooked tip. Male has distinctive black crescent starting behind eye and curving... read more


Song a sustained rambling, disorganized series of warbles, whistles and chattering notes, sometimes... read more


Arid, dense thorny scrubland in coastal areas; primary ecoregion occupied by this species is Cuban... read more

Food and feeding

Little published information on diet; probably small insects and spiders. Very active forager; feeds along lower branches of vegetation... read more


Season Mar–Jul. Nest a deep compact cup (typically c. 5·3 cm wide by 5·7 cm deep) made of fur, horsehair, vegetable... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Cuba EBA. Locally common. This species’ restricted habitat is considered vulnerable to... read more

Recommended citation

Atwood, J., Lerman, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cuban Gnatcatcher (Polioptila lembeyei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 April 2019).