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

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The concern now is the beetles establishing themselves in the Gila, Salt and San Pedro watersheds, which have higher concentrations of flycatcher habitat. Washington Post, "Tree-eating beetle gains ground in US West, raising concerns," 26 July 2019 Tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, warblers common and rare. Zachary Lewis,, "Lights Out Cleveland group stands up for birds by turning down the lights," 30 Aug. 2019 There were also four great crested flycatchers, seven blue-gray gnatcatchers, and an early Lincoln’s sparrow., "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 If their original habitat isn’t restored, the gains wildlife managers have had with flycatchers over the past decade or two could be erased, Beatty said. Washington Post, "Tree-eating beetle gains ground in US West, raising concerns," 26 July 2019 Mount Auburn Cemetery: Observers found an olive-sided flycatcher, a common raven, and an orchard oriole., "Bird sightings across the region," 19 Aug. 2019 Willow flycatchers belong to the genus Empidonax, a maddeningly difficult taxonomic group to sort out in the field. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 There was the Hammond's flycatcher from Honduras, squeaking out its song in an aspen near the Bicycle Bumps. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 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

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

Kids Definition of flycatcher

: a small bird that eats flying insects

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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