from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, having a broad bill.


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  • LOS ANGELES—The Gone Plaid Bandit is a white man of average height, fond of wearing broad-billed baseball caps and, of course, plaid.

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  • Pete was mucking out a stall in the back of the barn with a broad-billed coal shovel.

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  • Sadly, they are too late to help the Mauritius giant skink — a type of large grey lizard — its broad-billed parrot, scops owl or lesser flying fox, and many other species now extinct.

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  • Millions of seabirds use the island, including storm petrels (Oceantidae), sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus), broad-billed prions (Pachyptila vittata), and the critically endangered Chatham petrel which breeds only on Rangatira.

    Chatham Island temperate forests

  • Of interest is the presence of Sri Lanka broad-billed roller Eurystomus orientalis irisi (I), sightings of which have decreased markedly in the last five years.

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka

  • Of the 35 species of land birds reported, the most representative are the broad-billed tody (Tordus subulatos), burrowing owl, "cucú" (Athene cunicularia), palm crow, "cao" (Corvus palmarum), and vervain hummingbird (Mellisuga minima).

    Enriquillo wetlands

  • I saw it, too, the turn of broad-billed head, the flash of brilliant orange and white.

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  • One proved to be inhabited by the beautifully marked King penguin, while the other contained a smaller gold-crested broad-billed species ....

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  • The long-legged, broad-billed flamingo, who is continually stalking over muddy flats in search of food, heaps up the mud into a conical stool, on the top of which it lays its eggs.

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  • In the second case of flycatchers are grouped the true flycatchers, which are mostly from the old world; those from America being the solitary flycatcher, the black-headed flycatcher, the king and broad-billed tody, and the white-eared thrush.

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