spoon·​bill | \ ˈspün-ˌbil \

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)

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The spoonbill was almost as long as the fishing pole. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Lake Jacomo fisherman happens across a monster while fishing for bass," 13 June 2018 Cody’s Guide Service reports: spoonbill – continues to be excellent and have boated over 500 fish this year. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Better prospects ahead following last week's cold front," 18 Apr. 2018 Not knowing there were spoonbill in the lake, Delgado decided to do some Google searching and stumbled upon a decades-old story from the Independence Examiner. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Lake Jacomo fisherman happens across a monster while fishing for bass," 13 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The large pink wader’s appearance also highlights the beginning of the annual post-breeding dispersal of southern herons, egrets, spoonbills, and storks north into the piedmont of the Carolinas. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Another rarity shows up: A roseate spoonbill," 30 May 2018 Cody’s Guide Service reports: spoonbill continues to be excellent. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star Tyler Mahoney,, kansascity, "Fishing report: Things have been slow because of weather | The Kansas City Star," 11 Apr. 2018 Up until the ‘90s, the spoonbill regularly nested in Florida Bay, Tampa Bay and Indian River Lagoon, with their northern boundary around Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral and Tampa Bay. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 In the winter, birdwatchers flock to the area to see the endangered black-faced spoonbill, which migrates to Taiwan from China and Korea for several months each year. Smithsonian, "Learn more about Ecotourism in Taiwan.," 6 June 2017 While the Katy Prairie is home for a wide variety of summertime birds like spoonbills and wood storks, Gonzalez said the place also is a major stop on the migratory route for ducks and geese coming from the north during the winter. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Prairie helps residents to get outside," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of spoonbill

circa 1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spoon·​bill | \ ˈspün-ˌbil \

Kids Definition of spoonbill

: a wading bird having a bill which widens and flattens at the tip

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