Definition of boatbill in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊtbɪl


  • 1 (also boat-billed heron) A small Central and South American heron with a broad flattened bill and a prominent black crest.
    • Cochlearius cochlearius, family Ardeidae
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    • Our guide was especially knowledgeable about the bird life and was able to show us three boat-billed herons - magnificent tropical birds with broad bills.
    • The Hacienda La Pacifica resort complex, adjacent to these preserves, is popular with birders for the natural habitat along the river right on its grounds, where boat-billed herons come to roost.
    • Entire avian families, including cotingas, manakins, toucans, and ground antbirds, are essentially confined to the Neotropics, as are such unique species as screamers, trumpeters, sunbittern, hoatzin, and boat-billed heron.
  • 2A flycatcher that has a very broad flattened bill with a hooked tip, found mainly in New Guinea. Also called flatbill flycatcher.
    • Genus Machaerirhynchus, family Monarchidae: two species

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