from The 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.
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- adj. (of birds) having a deeply forked tail
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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.
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