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An Australian songbird of the logrunner family, with a wedge-shaped bill, long tail, and upright crest.
- ‘More than 100 species of birds have been recorded here, including fairy wrens, finches, grass wrens and wedgebills.’
- ‘This volume continues coverage of the passerines and provides detailed descriptions of 107 species, including the pardalotes, gerygones, thornbills, robins, babblers, wedgebills, quail-thrushes, whistlers and shrike-thrushes.’
- ‘Australian whipbirds and wedgebills have eggs that are light blue with black scribbles very boldly marking them.’
- ‘Woodcreeper bills vary, however, from the long scimitar-shaped beak of the scythebill, half as long as the bird itself, to the short beak of the wedgebill, with its slightly upcurved lower mandible.’
- ‘Seeing any of the whipbirds, wedgebills, and jewel-babblers can be a challenge to the observer.’
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.