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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Their lawsuits said construction operations would harm plants, rare wildlife habitats, threatened coastal birds like the snowy plover and California gnatcatcher, and other species such as fairy shrimp and the Quino checkerspot butterfly.
A positive correlation with width that approached significance (P < 0.1) was noted for Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea), Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbuld), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea), and Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla).
For example, in Natural Resources Defense Council v Department of Interior, the court rejected the FWS's "not prudent" determination with respect to critical habitat for the coastal California gnatcatcher, concluding that the agency "failed to discharge its statutory duty to designate critical habitat when it listed the gnatcatcher." (105) Similarly, in Northern Spotted Owl v.
1997: A habitat-based metapopulation model of the California gnatcatcher. Conserv.
The federally and state endangered least Bell's vireo and the federally threatened coastal California gnatcatcher have been recorded on campus.
The niche exploitation pattern of the blue-gray gnatcatcher. Ecological Monographs 37 (4): 317-350.
Several of the earliest banks were developed in the conservation planning area of a Natural Community Conservation Plan in Southern California to protect coastal sage scrub habitat of the threatened California gnatcatcher among other species.
Species negatively associated with RDA 1 include flycatchers (e.g., Eastern Wood-pewee and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher), bark-gleaners (e.g., Brown Creeper and White-breasted Nuthatch), and other common forest passerines (e.g., Summer Tanager, Tufted Titmouse, and American Goldfinch).
Our management of inland ecosystems, including coastal sage scrub and riparian areas, has benefited the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino), arroyo toad (Bufo californicus), coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica), least Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), and Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi).
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