One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bird that catches flying insects, especially in short flights from a perch.
- ‘Cedar waxwings, crows, finches, flycatchers, grosbeaks, grouse, jays, mockingbirds, pheasants, thrushes, vireos, and woodpeckers feed on their fruits.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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