- any tiny insect-eating, New World warbler of the genus Polioptila, having a long, mobile tail and a slender bill.
Origin of gnatcatcher
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The white-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus), gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea), and tufted titmouse, frequent the oak thickets.
Gnatcatcher will take the land where the mesquite grows; you will have the overflow land.Seven Mohave Myths
A. L. Kroeber
In color, form, proportions and voice, the Gnatcatcher may properly be called 'dainty.'What Bird is That?
Frank M. Chapman
Perhaps a difference of opinion had arisen on architectural points, and Mrs. Gnatcatcher had taken matters into her own hands.A-Birding on a Bronco
Florence A. Merriam
- any of various small American songbirds of the genus Polioptila and related genera, typically having a long tail and a pale bluish-grey plumage: family Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers, etc)
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