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scissortail

[siz-er-teyl] /ˈsɪz ərˌteɪl/
noun
1.
Also called scissortailed flycatcher
[siz-er-teyld] /ˈsɪz ərˌteɪld/ (Show IPA)
. a flycatcher, Muscivora forficatus, of the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America, having a long, deeply forked tail.
2.
any of various other birds having a long, forked tail.
Origin of scissortail
1830-1840
1830-40; scissor(s) + tail1
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  • The scissortail is one of the earliest summer birds to arrive each spring.

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