Definition of spoonbill
1 : any of several wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) related to the ibises that have an expanded bill that is flattened and rounded at the tip
2 : any of several broad-billed ducks (such as the shoveler)
Recent Examples of spoonbill from the Web
Beneath a canopy of mangroves and palm trees, spot gentle West Indian manatees hovering below the surface, roseate spoonbills feeding near the water’s edge and the occasional bald eagle circling above in search of marsh rabbits.
The area is known for its 50 miles of sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, like egrets, roseate spoonbills, and dolphins in the gulf, Donlan said.
A tourist leans out of his car window to photograph a flock of white spoonbills at a watering hole.
Meanwhile, traveling spoonbills would find their marshy grassland undisturbed — far from the center of town and sheltered from people and industry by a wide buffer of farmland.
The manifest identifies the birds as maribou storks, white pelicans, African spoonbills and sacred and Hadada ibises.
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Definition of spoonbill for Students
: a wading bird having a bill which widens and flattens at the tip
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