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  • A lone whimbrel set down on its migration north, its beautiful brown curves streaked back and its fine down-curved bill like the blown brown grass it walked in.

    A Year on the Wing

  • They planed for the last part on down-curved wings.

    Wild Geese

  • Predictions: no need for proficient terrestrial abilities (hind limbs may even be strongly reduced); highly developed soaring or gliding skills; jaws elongate with down-curved tips; flexible neck allowing the animal to reach down and behind itself as it picks up food while flying over the water.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • The birds that do this are specialized for gliding and lack proficient terrestrial abilities, they have to have a flexible neck as they need to reach down and behind themselves as they pick up prey from the water surface, and they all have down-curved bill tips, presumably to aid in grabbing prey.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • A specialised down-curved tail tip formed the lower lobe to a tail fin, the upper part of which was formed entirely from soft tissues, though with internal support provided by tall, curved neural spines.

    My party and those marvellous metriorhynchids

  • Mycteria (wood storks), for example, has a gently down-curved bill, a particularly dense array of Herbst corpuscles, and muscles that allow the jaws to be closed within 25 milliseconds (one of the fastest reflexes among vertebrates).

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • They planed for the last part on down-curved wings.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • A specialised down-curved tail tip formed the lower lobe to a tail fin, the upper part of which was formed entirely from soft tissues, though with internal support provided by tall, curved neural spines.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Her short snout resembled that of an anteater—slender, tubular, and ending in a black button nose and down-curved lip.

    Distant Shores

  • Her short snout resembled that of an anteater—slender, tubular, and ending in a black button nose and down-curved lip.

    Distant Shores

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