tyrant flycatcher

noun

Definition of tyrant flycatcher

: any of a large family (Tyrannidae) of American flycatchers that are usually strictly insectivorous and have a flattened bill often hooked at the tip and usually bristly at the gape

Examples of tyrant flycatcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tyrannulet refers to a small member of the tyrant flycatcher family, tyrant touching the aggressive nature of these birds. Beardless? Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Once you start renaming birds, there's a lot to unravel," 8 Sep. 2020 Swallows, gulls and terns, crows, blackbirds and orioles, tyrant flycatchers and parids—all practice mobbing. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Political Harassment Is for the Birds," 6 July 2018 This is one of more than 400 species known as tyrant flycatchers that are found throughout the United States. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ash-throated flycatchers settled in for summer," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tyrant flycatcher

circa 1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Tyrant flycatcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyrant%20flycatcher. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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