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sawbill

(ˈsɔːˌbɪl)
n
1. (Animals) another name for merganser, motmot
2. (Animals) any of various hummingbirds of the genus Ramphodon
[C19: so called because of their serrated bills]
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Noun1.sawbill - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edgessawbill - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
genus Mergus, Mergus - mergansers
goosander, Mergus merganser - common merganser of Europe and North America
American merganser, Mergus merganser americanus - common North American diving duck considered a variety of the European goosander
Mergus serrator, red-breasted merganser - widely distributed merganser of America and Europe
Mergus albellus, smew - smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
hooded merganser, hooded sheldrake, Lophodytes cucullatus - small North American duck with a high circular crest on the male's head
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And three, the weather, at least for pass-shooting sawbills, was ideal--40 degrees, sun and a light wind.
Our usually mild winter water temperatures don't make waders a necessity, but for those who like to stay dry and warm, a quality pair of breathable waders like the Hodgeman Sawbills will keep you comfortable and make sure that you do not bake as the day heats up.
For a classroom introduction to Understanding Birds followed by a packed lunch and walk to Bittell Reservoir to look for dabblers and divers, swans and sawbills, report to the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, Rednal B45 8ER at 11am tomorrow - though do note that booking is essential for this four-hour event.
Their slender red bills are armed with backward pointing teeth, giving them the name sawbills.