One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A perching bird that catches flying insects, especially in short flights from a perch.
Typical Old World flycatchers belong to the family Muscicapidae. Many others belong to the Old World family Monarchidae (monarch and paradise flycatchers) and the New World family Tyrannidae (tyrant flycatchers), while some belong to families Eopsaltridae (Australasia), Platysteiridae (Africa), and Bombycillidae (America)
- ‘Then there was the adrenalin rush of racing to see one very rare bird: a fork-tailed flycatcher, perched on a telegraph pole.’
- ‘However, many small songbirds such as robins, thrushes, flycatchers and warblers migrate mainly during darkness, probably to avoid predators and to keep cool.’
- ‘Cedar waxwings, crows, finches, flycatchers, grosbeaks, grouse, jays, mockingbirds, pheasants, thrushes, vireos, and woodpeckers feed on their fruits.’
- ‘In the bottomland forests and ravines along the river, look for a variety of warblers, including cerulean, blackburnian, and black-throated green warblers, as well as acadian flycatchers and hermit thrush.’
- ‘For the next many weeks, the Gulf Coast sky will be a constantly changing tableau of hawks and doves, vultures and vireos, flycatchers and hummingbird, warblers and waterfowl.’
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