Definition of tyrant flycatcher in English:

tyrant flycatcher

Syllabification: ty·rant fly·catch·er


A New World perching bird that resembles the Old World flycatchers in behavior, typically with brightly colored plumage.
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  • Phoebes belong to the tyrant flycatcher family and are adapted for capturing insects on the wing.
  • Contrary to the results of the DNA-DNA hybridization study, our data support the monophyly of the entire tyrant flycatcher assemblage and places the Glades Pipromorphinae and Tyranninae as sister groups.
  • The two Glades Pipromorphinae and Tyranninae are also strongly supported in this analysis and appear as sister groups, thus supporting the monophyly of the tyrant flycatcher assemblage.


mid 18th century: so named because of its aggressive behavior toward other birds approaching its nest.

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