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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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 In a series of studies in the 2000s, however, scientists in the Netherlands showed that many flycatchers were starting to miss this narrow window. New York Times, "5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change," 4 Apr. 2018 Spectacular summer birds include Scott's orioles, vermillion flycatchers and varied buntings. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 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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