Definitions

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  • n. Any of the passerine birds of the genus Acanthiza.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of small, brilliantly colored American birds of the genus Rhamphomicron. They have a long, slender, sharp bill, and feed upon honey, insects, and the juice of the sugar cane.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A humming-bird of the genus Rhamphomicron: a book-name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various South American hummingbirds with a sharp pointed bill

Etymologies

thorn +‎ bill (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These include northern logrunner or chowchilla Orthonyx spaldingii, little treecreeper Climacteris minor, Atherton scrubwren Sericornis keri, Australian fernwren Crateroscelis gutturalis, mountain thornbill Acanthiza katherina, bridled honeyeater Lichenostomus frenatus, Bower's shrike-thrush Colluricincla megarhyncha, tooth-billed catbird Ailuroedus dentirostris and golden bowerbird Prionodura newtoniana.

    Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site, Australia

  • Other birds found in this ecoregion include the western thornbill (Acanthiza inornata), and the short-billed black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris EN) which inhabits sandplain woodlands and mallee, and the long-billed black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii) which is found in open eucalypt woodland and farmland.

    Swan Coastal Plain scrub and woodlands

  • The following birds utilize a variety of habitats, including eucalypt woodlands: a subspecies of wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi), Tasmanian native hen (Gallinula mortierii), Tasmanian thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii), and yellow wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa).

    Tasmanian Central Highland forests

  • Endemic species throughout the region include the endangered Ash-breasted tit-tyrant (Anairetes alpinus); the critically threatened royal cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae); Berlepsch's canastero (Asthenes berlepschi) classified as vulnerable; line-fronted canastero (Asthenes urubambensis), olivaceous thornbill (Chalcostigma olivaceum), scribble-tailed canastero (Asthenes maculicauda), short-tailed finch (Idiopsar bracyurus), and gray-bellied flower-piercer (Diglosa carbonaria), classified as species of least concern.

    Central Andean wet puna

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  • Common name for some South American hummingbird species, but also applied to unrelated Australian passeriform birds placed in the the genus Acanthiza.

    July 24, 2010