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.

Origin of flycatcher

First recorded in 1590–1600; fly2 + catcher Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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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