fly·​catch·​er ˈflī-ˌka-chər How to pronounce flycatcher (audio)
: any of various passerine birds (families Muscicapidae and Tyrannidae) that feed on insects taken on the wing

Examples of flycatcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The service denied the petition, reinforcing the flycatcher’s status as a valid subspecies. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2024 Nor are predators limited to the large: bluebirds, phoebes and other insect-catching flycatchers do something quite similar on a smaller scale, pouncing on insects whose existence is to us invisible. Jack Gedney, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024 The company also plans to support important pollinators like native bumblebees and monarch butterflies and protect species of special concern like the willow flycatcher. The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2024 During a hike in the Ramona Grasslands, the flaming red of a vermilion flycatcher flashed as the bird moved from one tree to another. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2023 Cattle tyrants are medium-sized flycatchers with light yellow belly feathers, olive-brown back feathers and grayish crown feathers. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Dec. 2023 At Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area in Winchendon three acadian flycatchers and 28 red crossbills were counted, and five evening grosbeaks were present in Royalston., 19 Aug. 2023 Two alder flycatchers and an orchard oriole at Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham, three more orchard orioles at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, two purple martins in Dunstable, and three red crossbills at the Squannacook River Wildlife Management Area in Shirley., 5 Aug. 2023 Birds of Big Bend National Park: Vermillion flycatcher, Colima warbler, Mexican jay, Lucifer hummingbird and Green kingfisher. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 29 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flycatcher was in 1678

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“Flycatcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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fly·​catch·​er -ˌkach-ər How to pronounce flycatcher (audio)
: a small bird that feeds on insects that it captures in the air

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