sea·​bird | \ ˈsē-ˌbərd \

Definition of seabird

: a bird (such as a gull or an albatross) frequenting the open ocean

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The islanders were skilled climbers; their lives depended on it since the meat and eggs of seabirds were their main source of protein, and the birds nested and laid their eggs on precipitous and dangerous terrain. Neel Mukherjee, New York Times, "A Veritable No Man’s Land, Off the Coast of Scotland," 7 May 2018 However, based on a 2014 genetic study, the lineage may have split off from their closest relatives, a group of seabirds that today includes albatrosses and petrels, around 60 million years ago. 4. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Right now, 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs, which skyrockets their mortality rate to 50%. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "A List of the Best Reusable Straws Because It's Time to Ditch the Plastic Ones," 26 July 2018 Predators that eat penguins also eat fish and other creatures, so simply having fewer of the seabirds to nosh on wouldn’t threaten their existence. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Counting Penguins Isn’t Always Black and White," 2 Nov. 2018 Affecting a popular stretch of beaches from Naples to Tampa, on the peninsula's Gulf of Mexico Coast, the red tide has killed hundreds of sea turtles, along with seabirds, fish, dolphins, and even a whale shark. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Florida Hit By Worst 'Red Tide' Bloom in Over a Decade," 3 Aug. 2018 The other islands are rat free and contain huge colonies of seabirds. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018 Spastic seabirds, the puffins, murres and a variety of seagulls challenged the boat, sometimes strafing in disdain when no morsels were cast their way. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Even with one bad eye, Alaska’s Barren Islands are a sight to behold," 13 June 2018 Robb Kaler, a wildlife biologist at the USFWS Migratory Bird Management office in Anchorage, has been monitoring the seabird die-offs statewide. Author: Zoe Grueskin, Anchorage Daily News, "Seabirds again washing ashore dead in Western Alaska," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of seabird

1564, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seabird

: a bird that lives on or near the sea and finds food in it


sea·​bird | \ ˈsē-ˌbərd \

Kids Definition of seabird

: a bird (as a gull or puffin) that lives on or near the open ocean

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