Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a long deeply forficate tail which can be opened and shut like a pair of scissors, as a bird. Compare scissortail.
- adj. (of birds) having a deeply forked tail
“Response: This is an adult scissor-tailed flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus, a member of the genus Tyrannus, so named for their pugnacious nature when defending their territories against marauding crows and other, even larger, predators.”
“The scissor-tailed flycatcher, eastern meadowlark, lark sparrow, and eastern and western kingbirds are indicator species of the region.”
“I saw a scissor-tailed flycatcher there for the first time.”
“The scissor-tailed flycatcher is usually content to slack its thirst from the bank.”
“We ended the day perfectly with Jakob teaching me how to catch scissor-tailed nightjars (Hydropsalis torquata) at our campsite with bare hands!”
“Oklahoma's state bird is a scissor-tailed flycatcher.”
“There are a handful of conspicuously gaudy species: the vermillion flycatcher of the Southwest, the scissor-tailed flycatcher of the southern Great Plains, the many-colored rush-tyrant of Argentine wetlands.”
“The scissor-tailed hummingbird (Hylonimpha macrocerca), paria whitestart (Myioborus pariae), Venezuelan flower-piercer (Diglosa venezuelensis), and grey-headed warbler (Basileuterus griseiceps) are in critical danger, and white-throated barbtail (Premnoplex tatei) is endangered.”
“It provides habitat for pied-billed grebes, eastern meadowlark and scissor-tailed flycatchers.”
Looking for tweets for scissor-tailed.