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great crested flycatcher

a North American flycatcher, Myiarchus crinitus, noted for its use of the castoff skins of snakes in building its nest.
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1800-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The great crested flycatcher has a harsh voice, but the pathetic and silvery note of the wood pewee more than makes up for it.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs

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