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Wild About Birds - Illinois Gnatcatchers and Kinglets!


 Family and Species Gallery

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes - These are birds with adaptations for holding on to thin twigs or stems. Three of the toes on each foot face forward and one backward to help it grasp and balance on small branches.
Family Polioptilidae (Gnatchathers) - These small birds have a thin bill and a long, slim tail that is often held in an upright position. Insects are the main food source.
     blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Family: Regulidae (Kinglets) - Kinglets are very small birds with a short tail. The bill is thin. They flutter their wings frequently. The wings have white bars of feathers highlighted by a black feather bar. A colorful patch of feathers is present on the head of all but the female ruby-crowned kinglet. Insects are the main food source.
     golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa)
     ruby-crowned kinglet (Corthylio calendula​)