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 (năt′kăch′ər, -kĕch′-)
Any of several tiny birds of the genus Polioptila, found throughout the Americas and having a long tail and a slender bill.
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(Animals) any of various small American songbirds of the genus Polioptila and related genera, typically having a long tail and a pale bluish-grey plumage: family Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers, etc)
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(ˈnætˌkætʃ ər)

any of various small, insect-eating New World songbirds of the genus Polioptila (subfamily Silviinae), having a long, mobile tail.
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Noun1.gnatcatcher - very small North American and South American warblersgnatcatcher - very small North American and South American warblers
warbler - a small active songbird
genus Polioptila, Polioptila - New World gnatcatchers
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But today, when the supposed interests of "endangered" dung beetles, snail darters, suckers, and gnatcatchers regularly trump those of mere humans, federal employees are not allowed the luxury of normalcy and rationality.
Roosting California gnatcatchers lightly crown the main gate (see drawing below).
On the basis of its color and other morphological characteristics, the California bird has ranked as one of five subspecies of gnatcatchers. Yet the first analysis of mitochondrial DNA finds nothing distinctive to separate it from the other gnatcatchers in Baja California, reports Robert Zink of the J.E Bell Museum in St.
The thickets at Ding Darling are almost always alive with smaller birds, including yellow-rumped warblers, mockingbirds and blue- gray gnatcatchers. For more information, call the refuge headquarters at 941-472-1100 or the Lee Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau at 1-800-237-6444; web address: