One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tiny gray-backed New World songbird, with a long tail that is often cocked.
Genus Polioptila, family Polioptilidae (or Sylviidae): several species
- ‘A rainbow of darts shoots through the limbs - a capeful of purple finch, three blue-gray gnatcatchers, a pair of cedar waxwings, and countless ruby-crowned kinglets.’
- ‘Hence, the quail and the gnatcatcher might both be relatively recent arrivals in the north.’
- ‘Once the exotic plants are removed, the land will be restored to coastal sage scrub for gnatcatchers and other native species.’
- ‘Titmice, chickadees, gnatcatchers, grackles, and swifts came and went.’
- ‘The nameless gnatcatcher is a highly endangered bird, whose total population he estimates at between 50 and 80 pairs.’
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