sea·​bird | \ ˈsē-ˌbərd How to pronounce seabird (audio) \

Definition of seabird

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

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The owls then begin eating the Ashy storm petrel, a small gray seabird that is listed as a species of special concern in California. Peter Fimrite,, "Coastal Commission to consider poisoning mice to restore balance on Farallon Islands," 10 July 2019 The South Farallon Islands sit about 27 miles offshore from San Francisco and are a refuge to 350,000 seabirds from 13 species — nearly a quarter of California’s marine bird population — during certain times of the year. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019 The toxins can even produce a foam that causes seabirds to lose the waterproofing on their feathers, resulting in their death. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Red tides, explained," 5 July 2019 Two other bird geoglyphs, one of which had been previously identified as a guano bird (one of several species of seabirds that roost in large numbers on Peru's coastal islands), turned out to likely be pelicans. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study takes a bird’s-eye view of the Nasca Lines," 20 June 2019 The photo, posted to Facebook this week by a user named Karen Catbird, shows the seabird chick with the cigarette butt in its beak on St. Pete Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Brett Clarkson,, "Nothing to see here, just a baby bird holding a cigarette butt on a Florida beach," 27 June 2019 O'Brien cited a scientific study published in March out of the University of Tasmania that found balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris item for seabirds — 32 times more likely to kill them than ingesting hard plastics. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "18,000 pieces of balloon waste were found in Great Lakes: Why it's a danger," 23 May 2019 Resident called with reports of emaciated and dead seabirds. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 This can lead to the introduction of toxic chemicals to the animal and has been known to lead to digestive blockage in fish, seabirds and turtles. Jack Fisher, The Seattle Times, "Group screens and cleans sand near Oregon’s Haystack Rock," 20 Aug. 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 How to pronounce seabird (audio) \

Kids Definition of seabird

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

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