bill bird

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bill bird (plural bill birds)

  1. (obsolete) A toucan.
    • William Dampier (1729) , chapter II, in A Collection Of Voyages: Volume III, London: James and John Knapton, page 402: “The Greater Bill-bird or Toucan. It's Breast is bright Gold, the Belly and Thighs red, Tail black tipt with red.”
    • Alan Tennant (2010) On the Wing: To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon, New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, →ISBN: “Protected as Belize's national "bill bird," the keel-billed toucan occupies a safeguarded riparian habitat that also preserves the home of every howler monkey, crested guan, and hickatee river turtle that lives along the watercourse.”