California gnatcatcher

noun

Definition of California gnatcatcher

: a bluish-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) native to coastal scrubland from southern California to Baja California that closely resembles the black-tailed gnatcatcher but with less white on the underside of the tail
  • The California gnatcatcher is a threatened, small bird species with a call that resembles a kitten's mew. It has been the center of multiple habitat-conservation efforts along the Southern California coast.
  • —Mark GloverSacramento Bee26 Sept. 2012

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First Known Use of california gnatcatcher

1919


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