Definition of boatbill in English:

Share this entry


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: boat|bill

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.