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[flahy-kach-er] /ˈflaɪˌkætʃ ər/
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
First recorded in 1590-1600; fly2 + catcher Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This bird is very similar to, but averages slightly larger than the Mexican flycatcher.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Randolph pronounced it a flycatcher, which was a good way wide of the mark.

  • Of the flycatchers, I have noted the kingbird, the least flycatcher, and the phœbe.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • This flycatcher is a regular visitor in summer to Almora, where it nests.

  • Not much can be said of this flycatcher family, except that it is useful—a kind of virtue that gets its chief reward in heaven.

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • flycatcher, great crested (Myiarchus crinitus), nesting-habits of, 17-19.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • One is not strongly affected by the dying struggles of a single grasshopper captured by a cuckoo or flycatcher.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • This flycatcher was seen only in primary forest, on the above dates.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • In his notes, the yellow-belly may be said to take after both the least flycatcher and the wood pewee.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • Just then a flycatcher darted toward them and they had to hide.

    Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
British Dictionary definitions for flycatcher


any small insectivorous songbird of the Old World subfamily Muscicapinae, having small slender bills fringed with bristles: family Muscicapidae See also spotted flycatcher
any American passerine bird of the family Tyrannidae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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