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  1. any of numerous Old World birds of the family Muscicapidae, that feed on insects captured in the air.
  2. Also called tyrant flycatcher. any of numerous similar American birds of the family Tyrannidae.
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Origin of flycatcher

First recorded in 1590–1600; fly2 + catcher
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Examples from the Web for flycatcher

Historical Examples

  • Randolph pronounced it a flycatcher, which was a good way wide of the mark.

    Bird Stories from Burroughs

    John 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

    Bradford Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for flycatcher


  1. any small insectivorous songbird of the Old World subfamily Muscicapinae, having small slender bills fringed with bristles: family MuscicapidaeSee also spotted flycatcher
  2. any American passerine bird of the family Tyrannidae
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