from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of plover, Anarhynchus frontalis, of New Zealand, having the bill bent sidewise. See second cut under plover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See crookbill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A species of small bird in the plover family Charadriidae, unique in having a beak that is bent sideways, endemic to New Zealand.


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From wry + bill


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  • Up to 74 shorebird species have been sighted here, with a peak of 40,000 migratory birds utilizing the Firth at one time, including the New Zealand dotterel (Charadrius obscurus VU) and more than half of New Zealand's wrybill population.

    Northland temperate kauri forests

  • Other birds with no close relatives beyond New Zealand found in the area include: blue duck Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos, wrybill Anarhynchus frontalis and western weka Gallirallus australis.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand

  • River bed invertebrates support a diverse birdlife including wrybill Anarhynchus frontalis, paradise shelduck Tadorna variegata, black-billed gull, black-fronted tern Sterna albistriata and banded dotterel Pluvialis obscura.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand

  • This makes it difficult for wading birds such as the endemic wrybill (Anarhynchus frontalis) and the black stilt to feed.

    Cantebury-Otago tussock grasslands

  • The indicator species are: kiwi, kākā, kākako, māhua, and wrybill (birds), the short-tailed bat, and the dactylanthus (a parasitic flowering plant).

    NZ On Screen

  • He takes us out into the mud flats where we spot the wrybill, a strange and rare NZ bird with a long beak twisted up and to one side. Recent Updates


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