flycatcher

noun
fly·​catch·​er | \ ˈflī-ˌka-chər How to pronounce flycatcher (audio) , -ˌke- \

Definition of flycatcher

: 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 Cordilleran flycatcher is declining across western North America as the changing climate causes shrinkage of the riparian habitats (i.e. river and other freshwater corridors) along its migratory routes and on its wintering grounds in Mexico. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 This is a tiny gray flycatcher, obviously not easy to find, hence the sudden alert. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Once you start renaming birds, there's a lot to unravel," 8 Sep. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Some birds, robins and blackbirds among them, find social distancing impossible, while flycatchers dine alone. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A balm for coronavirus anxiety: Milwaukee's wild places, where the rhythms of nature are steady as ever," 30 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. New York Times, "India Savors a Rare Upside to Coronavirus: Clean Air," 4 Apr. 2020 Last week, there was an olive-sided flycatcher and a field sparrow at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 26 Aug. 2019 Without native trees, flycatchers were left to seek new nesting sites in tamarisks. Washington Post, "Tree-eating beetle gains ground in US West, raising concerns," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of flycatcher

1678, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Flycatcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flycatcher. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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flycatcher

noun
How to pronounce flycatcher (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of flycatcher

: a type of bird that catches and eats flying insects

flycatcher

noun
fly·​catch·​er | \ ˈflī-ˌka-chər How to pronounce flycatcher (audio) , -ˌke- \

Kids Definition of flycatcher

: a small bird that eats flying insects

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