Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The coastal California gnatcatcher is a small blue-gray songbird which measures only 4.5 inches (11 cm) and weighs 0.2 ounces (6 grams). It has dark blue-gray feathers on its back and grayish-white feathers on its underside. The wings have a brownish wash to them. Its long tail is mostly black with white outer tail feathers. They have a thin, small bill. The males have a black cap during the summer which is absent during the winter. Both males and females have a white ring around their eyes. It belongs to the old-world warbler and gnatcatcher Sylviidae family.

  • States/US Territories in which the Coastal California gnatcatcher, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  California
  • US Counties in which the Coastal California gnatcatcher, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Coastal California gnatcatcher, Wherever found is known to occur:  San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge
  • Countries in which the the Coastal California gnatcatcher, Wherever found is known to occur:  Mexico
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
1993-03-30 California/Nevada Region (Region 8) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
2007-04-03 00:00:00.0 72 FR 15857 15859 Reopening of Public Comment Periods for the Proposed Designations of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher and the San Diego Fairy Shrimp
1991-03-22 00:00:00.0 56 FR 12146 12148 ETWP; 90-Day Findings and Commencement of Status Reviews for Seven Petitions to List Five Species as Threatened or Endangered; 56 FR 12146 12148
2002-09-20 00:00:00.0 67 FR 59304 59305 Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental take Permit for the Antelope Road L.P. Property, Murrieta, CA
2014-12-31 00:00:00.0 79 FR 78775 78778 90-Day Findings on Two Petitions
1992-09-22 00:00:00.0 57 FR 43686 ETWP; Notice of 6-month Extension & Reopening of Public Comment Period on Proposed Rule to List Coastal California Gnatcatcher as End; 57 FR 43686
2011-05-25 00:00:00.0 76 FR 30377 30382 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of Species in California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin of Oregon
2007-12-19 00:00:00.0 72 FR 72010 72213 Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica); Final Rule
1999-02-08 00:00:00.0 64 FR 5957 5963 ETWP; Determination of Whether Designation of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is Prudent
2011-10-26 00:00:00.0 76 FR 66255 66260 90-Day Finding on a Petition to Delist the Coastal California Gnatcatcher as Threatened
2004-06-04 00:00:00.0 69 FR 31632 31635 Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for an Incidental Take Permit for the Multiple Habitat Consrevation Program, Carlsbad, CA
2016-08-31 00:00:00.0 81 FR 59952 59975 12-Month Finding on a Petition To Delist the Coastal California Gnatcatcher
1994-07-28 00:00:00.0 59 FR 38426 ETWP; Notice of Extension of Comment Period on Data Pertaining to The Subspecies Taxonomy of The California Gnatcather
2003-05-21 00:00:00.0 68 FR 27841 27842 Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit for the Harley John Reservoir Replacement in Riverside County, CA
1994-12-27 00:00:00.0 59 FR 66509 66510 ETWP; Reopening of Comment Period on Data Pertaining to the Subspecies Taxonomy of the California Gnatcatcher
2003-04-24 00:00:00.0 68 FR 20228 20312 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) and Determination of Distinct Vertebrate Population Segment for the California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica); Proposed Rule
2000-10-24 00:00:00.0 65 FR 63680 63743 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Determination of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher; Final Rule
2005-03-14 00:00:00.0 70 FR 12497 12498 Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the North County Multiple Species Conservation Program, San Diego, CA
2004-04-08 00:00:00.0 69 FR 18516 18518 Notice of the Availability of Draft Economic Analyses, and of a Public Hearing for the Proposed Designations of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) and the San Diego Fairy Shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis)
1993-03-30 00:00:00.0 58 FR 16758 16759 Proposed Special Rule to Allow Take of the Threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher
2008-03-05 00:00:00.0 73 FR 11945 11950 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon
1991-09-17 00:00:00.0 56 FR 47053 47060 ETWP; Proposed Rule to List the Coastal California Gnatcatcher as Endangered; 56 FR 47053 47060
2000-06-29 00:00:00.0 65 FR 40073 40074 Reopening of Comment Period and Notice of Availability of Draft Economic Analysis for Proposed Critical Habitat Determination for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher
2000-02-07 00:00:00.0 65 FR 5946 5976 Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher
2004-04-08 00:00:00.0 69 FR 18515 18516 Reopening of the Public Comment Period for the Determination of Distinct Vertebrate Population Segment for the California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica)
2004-02-11 00:00:00.0 69 FR 6683 6684 Environmental Assessment Regarding Proposed Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit to the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company on Lands in the Middle Fork Flathead River Corridor
1993-03-30 00:00:00.0 58 FR 16742 16757 Determination of Threatened Status for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher
1993-12-10 00:00:00.0 58 FR 65088 65096 ETWP; Special Rule Concerning Take of the Threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher
1994-08-26 00:00:00.0 59 FR 44125 44126 ETWP; Notice of Extension of Comment Period on Data Pertaining to the Subspecies Taxonomy of the California Gnatcatcher
2006-12-22 00:00:00.0 71 FR 77058 77059 Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for 93-129 Ltd in the City of Laguna Niguel, California
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
1993-12-10 00:00:00.0 58 FR 65088 65096 ETWP; Special Rule Concerning Take of the Threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher
1993-03-30 00:00:00.0 58 FR 16758 16759 Proposed Special Rule to Allow Take of the Threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher

» Recovery

Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
2000-06-29 65 FR 40073 40074 Reopening of Comment Period and Notice of Availability of Draft Economic Analysis for Proposed Critical Habitat Determination for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher
  • Notice Doc. Availability
  • Notice Reopen Comment
2011-05-25 76 FR 30377 30382 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of Species in California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin of Oregon
  • Notice 5-year Review, Completion
2008-03-05 73 FR 11945 11950 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
2010-09-29 Coastal California gnatcatcher 5-year Review

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
2007-12-19 72 FR 72010 72213 Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica); Final Rule Final Rule Final designated
2003-04-24 68 FR 20228 20312 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) and Determination of Distinct Vertebrate Population Segment for the California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica); Proposed Rule Proposed Rule Not Required
2000-10-24 65 FR 63680 63743 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Determination of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher; Final Rule Final Rule Not Required
2000-02-07 65 FR 5946 5976 Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher Proposed Rule Not Required

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
93-129 (Bear Brand Ranch) Low-Effect HCP (Laguna Niguel, Orange Cnty, CA)
Antelope Road HCP
Assessment District 161
Bellota Landslide Repair and Shorecliffs Mobile Home Park (San Clemente, Orange Cnty, CA)
Bennett Property, Lamco Housing, Inc.
Cal. Dept. of Corrections Statewide Electrified Fence Project
Cornerstone Homes, Railroad Canyon/Lake Elsinore Tract 20704
Coyote Hills East (UnoCal)
Deer Canyon Park Low-Effect HCP (Anaheim, Orange Cnty, CA)
El Sobrante Landfill
Evergreen Nursery
Fieldstone/La Costa & City of Carlsbad
Granite Homes/Lake Elsinore Tract 20705
Harley John Reservoir
Lake Mathews
Meadowlark Estates, SunCal Company
MHCP, City of Carlsbad Habitat Management Plan
Mission View Estates
MSCP, City of Chula Vista Subarea Plan
MSCP, City of La Mesa Subarea Plan
MSCP, City of Poway Subarea Plan
MSCP, City of San Diego Subarea Plan
MSCP, County of San Diego Subarea Plan
Newport Estates
North Peak Development Project
Ocean Trails Amendment and Permit Transfer
Ocean Trails (Palos Verdes Land Holdings Co./Zuckerman Building Co.)
Orange County Central/Coastal NCCP/HCP
Orange County Southern Subregion NCCP/HCP
Rancho Bella Vista (Pacific Bay Properties)
San Diego County Water Authority Subregional NCCP/HCP
San Diego Gas & Electric
Shell Oil Company/Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Temecula Ridge Apartments and Temecula Village Development
Van Daele
Western Riverside MSHCP (One permit w/ 22 permittees)

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» Life History

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