fly·​catch·​er | \ˈflī-ˌka-chər, -ˌke-\

Definition of flycatcher 

: any of various passerine birds (families Muscicapidae and Tyrannidae) that feed on insects taken on the wing

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Willow flycatchers belong to the genus Empidonax, a maddeningly difficult taxonomic group to sort out in the field. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 There was the Hammond's flycatcher from Honduras, squeaking out its song in an aspen near the Bicycle Bumps. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 Sandy Neck in Barnstable produced a clapper rail, a seaside sparrow, 16 saltmarsh sparrows, 2 willow flycatchers, a marsh wren, and 2 brown thrashers., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 24 June 2018 There has been one special little bird there for the past couple of weeks, a willow flycatcher. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 The songbirds are on schedule, though the thrushes and flycatchers, normally bug-eaters, are making their living in the blueberry patches with last year's crop. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s still springtime on the Denali Highway," 10 June 2018 Our possible species include the willow, alder, Acadian, least and yellow-bellied flycatchers. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. Allie Almario, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to the Galápagos Islands," 5 Oct. 2016 Scissortail flycatchers with their peach-color flanks and those impossibly long tails hovering over opening, falling from the sky to grab some unfortunate bug. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "For hunters, South Texas colors a feast for the senses," 3 May 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flycatcher

: a type of bird that catches and eats flying insects


fly·​catch·​er | \ˈflī-ˌka-chər, -ˌke-\

Kids Definition of flycatcher

: a small bird that eats flying insects

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