gnat·​catch·​er | \ ˈnat-ˌka-chər How to pronounce gnatcatcher (audio) , -ˌke- \

Definition of gnatcatcher

: any of a genus (Polioptila) of several small North and South American insectivorous oscine birds

Examples of gnatcatcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early migrants reported from Santuit Pond in Mashpee included a great-crested flycatcher and a blue-gray gnatcatcher, and other sightings included a blue-winged teal, 68 ring-necked ducks, 2 bald eagles, and 16 osprey., 13 Apr. 2022 Reports included a Virginia rail, a sora, a yellow-breasted chat and a clay-colored sparrow at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, and a blue-gray gnatcatcher in the Belle Isle Cemetery in East Boston., 28 Nov. 2021 However, the court rejected arguments from environmentalists that new homes posed dramatic threats to the gnatcatcher, a type of songbird, and the spadefoot toad. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2022 In Easton, a blue-gray gnatcatcher was sighted on the campus of Stonehill College., 17 Oct. 2021 Other interesting reports included a cackling goose in Plymouth, two cattle egrets in the Chiltonville section of Plymouth, and a blue-gray gnatcatcher at Manomet Bird Observatory., 30 Oct. 2021 Two blue grosbeaks and a blue-gray gnatcatcher were seen at Horn Pond in Woburn, and two red-necked grebes were seen at the Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham., 25 Sep. 2021 But where some of the smaller species, such as the busy gnatcatcher, may be harder to find, the starlings are aggressive extroverts, loud and pushy and proud. Kimberly Miller,, 12 Sep. 2021 Mock suggested that Atwood petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the California gnatcatcher under the Endangered Species Act. Zach St. George, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gnatcatcher

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Gnatcatcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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