seabird

noun
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 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 During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, sailors stopping in the area brought with them black rats, which colonized about two thirds of the islands, decimating seabird populations. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018 In the past, people managed to get their light by burning beef fat, storm petrels (a fatty seabird), and sperm whale oil. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 Strawless Ocean estimates that 71 percent of seabirds and 30 percent of turtles have some kind of plastic in their stomachs, which can cut their mortality rate in half. Washington Post, "National Digest: Seattle bans drinking straws, the first major U.S. to do so," 2 July 2018 Strawless Ocean estimates that 71 percent of seabirds and 30 percent of turtles have some kind of plastic in their stomachs, which can cut their mortality rate in half. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws," 2 July 2018 Large-scale die-offs of seabirds and other marine animals have been occurring around the state for several years, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to know why. Author: Zoe Grueskin, Anchorage Daily News, "Seabirds again washing ashore dead in Western Alaska," 26 June 2018

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1564, in the meaning defined above

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seabird

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seabird

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

seabird

noun
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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