Family Gnatcatchers (Polioptilidae)

Least Concern

Para Gnatcatcher (Polioptila paraensis)

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this taxon is now lumped within Guianan Gnatcatcher (Polioptila guianensis).


French: Gobemoucheron du Para German: Paramückenfänger Spanish: Perlita de Pará

Polioptila paraensis


, 1937,

Benevides, Pará, Brazil


Until recently treated as conspecific with P. guianensis and P. facilis. All three, together with P. clementsi, form a group that is probably sister to P. schistaceigula. Monotypic.


Brazil S of R Amazon (C Amazonas S to W Mato Grosso, and E to E & NE Pará and Maranhão) and N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 6 g. Male is nondescript; has mouse-grey head, breast and back, inconspicuous white broken eyering; wings blackish, grey edgings of primary coverts and... read more


Loudsong simple, consisting of repeated high (dominant frequency c. 6·4 kHz), sharp (... read more


Canopy and borders of humid primary forest. Most records from various moist forest ecoregions: Juru... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. No data on prey items; presumably similar to those of other members of genus. Actively forages in canopy and subcanopy.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Poorly known; probably rare and rather local. Most widely distributed member of “P. guianensis complex”. Of occupied ecoregions, only one (... read more

Recommended citation

Atwood, J. & Lerman, S. (2019). Para Gnatcatcher (Polioptila paraensis). 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 21 May 2019).