spoonbill

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spoon·bill / ˈspoōnˌbil/ • n. a tall mainly white or pinkish wading bird (genera Platalea and Ajaia) of the ibis family, having a long bill with a very broad flat tip.

spoonbill

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spoonbill Any of several species of wading birds, each with a long bill that is flat and rounded at the tip; species are found in tropical climates. It has large wings, long legs, a short tail, and white or pinkish plumage; it feeds on small plant and animal matter. Length: 90cm (3ft). Family: Threskiornithidae.