- any of numerous Old World birds of the family Muscicapidae, that feed on insects captured in the air.
- Also called tyrant flycatcher. any of numerous similar American birds of the family Tyrannidae.
Origin of flycatcher
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Examples from the Web for flycatcher
Randolph pronounced it a flycatcher, which was a good way wide of the mark.Bird Stories from Burroughs
But, we must bear in mind that a bird that behaves thus is not necessarily a flycatcher.
This flycatcher is a regular visitor in summer to Almora, where it nests.
This flycatcher, which is very common about Darjeeling, often alights on the ground.
Of the flycatchers, I have noted the kingbird, the least flycatcher, and the phœbe.Birds in the Bush
- any small insectivorous songbird of the Old World subfamily Muscicapinae, having small slender bills fringed with bristles: family MuscicapidaeSee also spotted flycatcher
- any American passerine bird of the family Tyrannidae
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