Definition of flycatcher
: any of various passerine birds (families Muscicapidae and Tyrannidae) that feed on insects taken on the wing
Recent Examples of flycatcher from the Web
Birders frequently flock to Lake Apopka to see cuckoos and cranes, flycatchers and finches, ducks and doves.
More than 170 species of birds have been spotted there, including Canada geese, willow flycatchers, least Bell’s vireos and 15 different species of ducks.
Alder flycatcher, a species very difficult to identify, showed up at McDowell and a site in Cabarrus County.
Researchers saw everything from hummingbirds and flycatchers to antbirds and tanagers, birds that aren’t particularly closely related and who employ a variety of breeding and social strategies.
But Julian D. Olden, an associate professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, said tamarisks had been found to provide shelter for birds like the southwestern willow flycatcher.
Flycatchers are scarce everywhere, but the early common phoebe is no more.
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First Known Use of flycatcher
FLYCATCHER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flycatcher for English Language Learners
: a type of bird that catches and eats flying insects
FLYCATCHER Defined for Kids
Definition of flycatcher for Students
: a small bird that eats flying insects
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