noun \ˈnat-ˌka-chər, -ˌke-\

Definition of GNATCATCHER

:  any of a genus (Polioptila) of several small North and South American insectivorous oscine birds

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)—Karl H. Maslowski

Any of about 15 species of small songbirds (genus Polioptila, family Polioptilidae). The blue-gray gnatcatcher, 4.5 in. (11 cm) long, with its long white-edged tail, looks like a tiny mockingbird. It breeds locally from eastern Canada and California to The Bahamas and Guatemala and winters from the southern U.S. southward. The black-tailed gnatcatcher lives in the deserts of the southwestern U.S.; the other species are found in Central and South America and Cuba.


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