from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a red bill or beak, as a bird: as, the red-billed curlew, Ibidorhynchus struthersi, of Asia; the red-billed wood-hoopoe, Irrisor erythrorhynchus. See cut under Irrisor.


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  • Generations of cattle owners who dipped their livestock in pesticides ended up killing not only the ticks that feast on them, but also the red-billed oxpeckers that eat the ticks.

    Operation Oxpecker: Red-Billed Oxpeckers Rediscovered By Cowherds As Natural Debugger, Replacement For Toxic Pesticide Cattle Dips

  • Above him, their nesting grounds disturbed by the hikers, gray fulmars and red-billed choughs rode the wind in great wide circles.


  • African red-billed hornbill Tockus erythrorhyncus is recorded.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • They include the red-billed curassow (Crax blumenbachii, EN), which has its last stronghold in the Sooretama Biological Reserve in the state of Espirito Santo, and the rare Brazilian merganser (Mergus octosetaceus, CR), a flagship for the southern Atlantic Forest in Brazil and Misiones.

    Biological diversity in the Atlantic Forest

  • For seabirds some of the largest colonies of tropical Atlantic seabirds are found on the Fernando de Noronha islands, with large numbers species including the black noddy or Anous minutis, the brown noddy Anous stolidus, the sooty tern Sterna fuscata, the fairy tern Gygis alba, the masked booby Sula dactylatra, the brown booby Sula leucogaster, the red footed booby Sula sula; the magnificent frigatebird Fragata magnificans and the red-billed tropicbird Phaethon aethereus.

    Brazilian Atlantic Islands, Brazil

  • Two prominent birds are the red-billed boatswain (Phaethon aethereus) and the yellow-billed boatswain (Phaethon lepturus), both of which have showy tail feathers that are over half the length of their body.

    Ascension scrub and grasslands

  • Most of the birds occur in the forests throughout the island, an exception being the recently split red-billed and black-billed streamertails (Trochilus polytmus and T. scitulus) the latter of, which is confined to eastern Jamaica including the Blue Mountains.

    Jamaican moist forests

  • Irrigation projects may also encourage pesticide use to control insects and other pests such as the red-billed quelea or dioch (Quelea quelea).

    Inner Niger Delta flooded savanna

  • Now, the first time Ahab was perched aloft; ere he had been there ten minutes; one of those red-billed savage sea-hawks which so often fly incommodiously close round the manned mast-heads of whalemen in these latitudes; one of these birds came wheeling and screaming round his head in a maze of untrackably swift circlings.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Blond hair, shoulder-length, permed and dyed, frothed out from under a red-billed cap with the Coca-Cola logo on it.

    Blood Lure


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