from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a bill shaped like that of a gull: specifically applied to a single species of tern or sea-swallow, the marshtern, Gelochelidon anglica, of Europe, Asia, and America. See cut under Gelochelidon.
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The area is one of the most important wintering grounds for hundreds of thousands of European spoonbill Platalea leucorodia leucorodia and gull-billed terns Gelochelidon nilotica.
A birder came around looking for the gull-billed tern.
On the way back to the gatehouse I birded the birders at Stage Island Pool but since none of them were looking through their scopes and some were sitting listlessly on rocks, I intuited that the gull-billed tern was not present.
Endangered Species in Beaufort Barrier Islands Important Bird Area: wood storks, bald eagles, Wilson's plover, least tern, piping plover, little blue heron, glossy ibis, American oyster catcher, black skimmer, gull-billed tern and painted bunting
Joining the skimmers were dozens of gull-billed terns, another fish - and crustacean-eating seabird that shares the skimmer habitat, experts said.
Notable species of birds also found in this ecoregion are black skimmer (Rhynchops niger), gull-billed tern (Sterna nilotica), shot-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus), lesser and greater yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes and T. melanoleuca), black-bellied whistling duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) and tricolored egret (Egretta tricolor) just to name a few from the list of species named as internationally important for the Suriname coastal area.