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wrybill Line breaks: wry|bill
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪbɪl/

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Definition of wrybill in English:


A small New Zealand plover with grey and white plumage and a bill that bends to the right.
  • Anarhynchus frontalis, family Charadriidae
Example sentences
  • Shorebirds endemic to New Zealand, wrybills are the only birds with side-durving beaks.
  • The endemic wrybill has the unique characteristic of a bill bent to the right.
  • The group has received no formal funding but has managed on a shoe string to make significant gains in protecting the wrybill and making the local community aware of the importance of this population.
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