Family Gnatcatchers (Polioptilidae)

Least Concern

Slate-throated Gnatcatcher (Polioptila schistaceigula)


French: Gobemoucheron ardoisé German: Graukehl-Mückenfänger Spanish: Perlita pizarrosa

Polioptila schistaceigula

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1898,

Cachaví, 500 feet [c. 150 m], Esmeraldas, Ecuador


Probably sister to the group formed by P. guianensis. Recent suggestions that birds in E Panama and NW Colombia possibly represent an undescribed race now questioned in light of additional specimen material. Monotypic.


C & E Panama, W Colombia and NW Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 6 g. Has slate-grey head side, slightly darker crown, white feathering on auriculars and malar, whitish lores, postorbital line and eyering; upperparts... read more


Most frequent vocalization a short, rather faint, ascending trill, “trrrrrrt”; also has... read more


Very humid to humid forest, tall second-growth forest, and forest borders, in lowlands and... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Probably feeds on small arthropods. Moves actively through canopy or subcanopy, descending lower at forest edges; behaviour... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Somewhat rare and local. Warrants “Near-threatened” status in Ecuador, and possibly throughout entire range. Occurs in Darién... read more

Recommended citation

Atwood, J. & Lerman, S. (2019). Slate-throated Gnatcatcher (Polioptila schistaceigula). 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 25 April 2019).