• WordNet 3.6
    • n flycatcher large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
    • n flycatcher any of a large group of small songbirds that feed on insects taken on the wing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flycatcher (Zoöl) One of numerous species of birds that feed upon insects, which they take on the wing.☞ The true flycatchers of the Old World are Oscines, and belong to the family Muscicapidæ, as the spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa grisola). The American flycatchers, or tyrant flycatchers, are Clamatores, and belong to the family Tyrannidæ, as the kingbird, pewee, crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus), and the vermilion flycatcher or churinche (Pyrocephalus rubineus). Certain American flycatching warblers of the family Sylvicolidæ are also called flycatchers, as the Canadian flycatcher (Sylvania Canadensis), and the hooded flycatcher (S. mitrata). See Tyrant flycatcher.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flycatcher One who or that which catches or entraps flies or other winged insects.
    • n flycatcher Specifically, a bird which habitually pursues and captures insects on the wing. Any species of the old-world family Muscicapidæ, a large group of oscine passerine birds having a flattened bill garnished with rictal bristles. The species and genera are very numerous, and the limits of the family are not fixed. Among the best-known species are the spotted flycatcher, Muscicapa grisola, and the pied flycatcher, M. atricapilla.
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In literature:

Of the flycatchers, I have noted the kingbird, the least flycatcher, and the phoebe.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Only two of the species found in North America are gaudy in plumage, the Vermilion, and the Derby Flycatchers.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Swallows, in hawking through the air for insects, do not snap their game up as do the true flycatchers.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Birds that are not flycatchers sometimes take insects in the air; they do it clumsily, but they get the bug.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Nearly everywhere in the United States we find this cheerful bird, known as Pewee, Barn Pewee, Bridge Pewee, or Phoebe, or Pewit Flycatcher.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various
One of the most marvellous little songsters whose acquaintance I claim is the White-Eyed Flycatcher.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
Down upon him like a small tornado came the flycatcher instantly, expecting, apparently, to annihilate him.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
Randolph pronounced it a flycatcher, which was a good way wide of the mark.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
The flycatchers perch on a branch clear from the tree, and dart at the passing flies.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
They feed mainly on small fruit both wild and cultivated but are also expert flycatchers.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman

In news:

The bird making these loud harsh calls is a great crested flycatcher.
Flycatchers have to make the most of the voices they are given.
The critical habitat designation of the endangered willow flycatcher is the topic of a public hearing to be held Aug 16 in Globe.
Flycatcher habitat plan open for comment.
Michael Liskay of Lake Oswego, Oregon, photographed this Ash-throated Flycatcher at the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto, California, and posted the photo in our US and Canada Gallery.
Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Albany Township.
Debbie Chapman of Houston was visiting her mother in Fort Worth in May 2009 when she found nesting Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus).
Scissor-tailed flycatchers are not only rare in Wisconsin but extremely handsome.
No one knows why the bird would turn north when most of its fellow flycatchers are going south.
The southwestern willow flycatchers migrate up from the tropics in the spring to build their nests along rivers lined with willows — and sometimes Salt Cedar.
"There were a number of these flycatchers in the preserve, and I captured this one while walking one of the many trails," he says.
The Fork-tailed Flycatcher 's range extends from Mexico to Argentina, but the species (Tyrannus savana) is known to wander north regularly.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports that federal wildlife officials and southern Colorado water and government officials have finalized a plan to the southwestern willow flycatcher and the yellow-billed cuckoo.
Now is also the time to start looking for the scissor tailed flycatchers as well.
Scissor- tailed flycatcher in Albany Township.

In science:

The effects of modifying incubation on prolactin secretion in free-living Pied Flycatchers.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird