Definition of thornbill in English:

thornbill

Line breaks: thorn|bill
Pronunciation: /ˈθɔːnbɪl
 
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noun

1A small Australian warbler with drab plumage and a pointed bill.
  • Genus Acanthiza, family Acanthizidae: several species
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  • Their hosts include weaverbirds and sunbirds in Africa and Asia, as well as fairy wrens and thornbills in Australia.
  • We found high rates of acceptance of nonmimetic eggs in thornbills and fairy-wrens.
  • The next morning, before going to the airport, we drove to Wungong Gorge near Armadale and saw long-billed black cockatoos, western thornbills and western rosellas.
2A tropical American hummingbird with a short, sharply pointed bill.
  • Family Trochilidae: three genera, in particular Chalcostigma, and several species

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