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 Observers spotted an alder flycatcher, a sora, and a least bittern at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord., 31 July 2021 An Acadian flycatcher continued to be observed at Gate 8 at Quabbin Reservoir in Pelham., 31 July 2021 At the Hockomock Wildlife Management Area, two sandhill cranes, an alder flycatcher, and two winter wrens were reported., 26 June 2021 Worcester County: There were reports of a yellow-bellied flycatcher and a dickcissel at the Westborough Wildlife Area, and a Louisiana waterthrush in Hardwick., 21 Aug. 2021 South Coast: There was a little blue heron, a sandwich tern and a willow flycatcher in Fairhaven., 28 Aug. 2021 Interesting reports included a ring-necked duck at Barton’s Cove, a little blue heron in Whately, a snowy egret at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow, four sandhill cranes in Plainfield, an alder flycatcher and two Tennessee warblers in Huntington., 21 Aug. 2021 At Great Meadows in Concord, a least bittern and an alder flycatcher were tallied., 3 July 2021 Sightings included a willow flycatcher, a white-eyed vireo, a cliff swallow, two purple martins, and two Northern parulas., 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of flycatcher

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flycatcher was in 1678

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27 Nov 2021

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“Flycatcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce flycatcher (audio) , -ˌke- \

Kids Definition of flycatcher

: a small bird that eats flying insects

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