January 2009
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Sheathbill, the common name of a family of shore birds found on the antarctic shores and subantarctic islands of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The sheathbills are plump, snow-white birds about 14 to 17 inches (36�43 cm) in length. They have pink-rimmed eyes and short, stubby bills, which are covered at the base with a horny sheath. There are only two species in the family�the white sheathbill, which has a yellow bill, and the lesser sheathbill, which has a black bill and is slightly smaller than the white sheathbill.


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