One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of birds with a long, narrow downcurved bill.
a tropical American hummingbird (genus "Eutoxeres", family "Trochilidae": two species).
a New Guinea bird of paradise (two genera in the family "Paradisaeidae").
- ‘Some species, such as the blue bird of paradise and the black sicklebill, are hunted for their beautiful, bright plumage and/or skins; others are hunted for food.’
- ‘Sicklebills have evolved a long, curved beak used to probe for insects in thick moss and tree bark.’
- ‘Carved from Lapis Lazuli a duck Egyptians saw a mysterious connection between the sicklebills of the ibises and the crescent moon.’
- ‘For bird-watching, the park is home to exotic species that can be difficult to view elsewhere, such as violet hummingbirds, white-tipped sicklebills, and orange-bellied trogons.’
- ‘The rat-a-tat-tat of the brown sicklebill could be likened to machine-gun fire.’
- ‘I have just returned from 10 days in Panama where my favorite birds were White-tipped sicklebill, Rufous-crested coquette, and Brown-billed scythebill.’
- ‘The sicklebills are predominantly insectivorous and possess long down-curved bills which they use for digging insects out of rotten wood, or from behind bark.’
- ‘Then experience the completely different habitats of El Valle, searching for orange - bellied trogons, black - crowned antpittas, white-tipped sicklebills & the like.’
- ‘Champions among these are the two species of sicklebills, whose bills are the only ones that properly slip into flowers of the Andean lobelioids that are bent at a ninety-degree angle.’
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