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  • Any of three species of African bird of the genus Rhinopomastus. They are often classified in the woodhoopoe family Phoeniculidae; however, genetic studies show that they diverged from the true woodhoopoes about 10 million years ago, so they are sometimes placed in a family of their own: Rhinopomastidae. Scimitar-bills are smaller than most woodhoopoes and their bills are strongly curved, giving them their name.

    February 8, 2008