from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A tyrant flycatcher (
Milvulus forficatus) of the Southern United States and Mexico, which has a deeply forked tail. It is light gray above, white beneath, salmon on the flanks, and fiery red at the base of the crown feathers.
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- noun A
tyrant flycatcher(Milvulus forficatus) of the southern United Statesand Mexico, with a deeply forked tail, and coloured fiery red at the base of the crown feathers.
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If the wings were outstretched, representing the bird in the act of alighting or shifting his position, the picture would be true to scissorstail life.
He is a sort of southern twin of our scissorstail.
As his name indicates, our bird is the proud possessor of a genuine scissorstail, composed of two long, slender prongs that are spread far apart under certain conditions of flight.
Then for a few minutes there was such a chaos of shrike and scissorstail that we could scarcely tell which was which.
My surmise was correct; it was the scissorstail flycatcher, one of the most unique and handsome birds belonging to our American avifauna, one that merits more than a passing notice.
It must be remembered that the shrike himself makes a handsome picture on the wing, and when you come to mix up a scissorstail and a shrike in inextricable confusion, you have a feathery display worth seeing.
It would not be safe to risk saying that the scissorstail always takes his bath in this way; but I know this one did.
Nor was that the end of the exhibition, for in a moment a second scissorstail, the precise _facsimile_ of the first, appeared from somewhere, and the two flycatchers combined against their enemy.
It was a year or two later that I saw a scissorstail performing his ablutions in the northwestern part of Arkansas.
My friend and I were privileged to witness a rare and attractive scissorstail show, more gratifying than any circus performance.