shore·​bird | \ ˈshȯr-ˌbərd How to pronounce shorebird (audio) \

Definition of shorebird

: any of a suborder (Charadrii) of birds (such as a plover or sandpiper) that frequent the seashore

Examples of shorebird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The willet is one of San Diego’s more common shorebirds, especially along our coastline, bays and lagoons, but also found at some inland lakes, especially during migration. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Willets right at home along San Diego shorelines," 18 July 2019 There are large species of shorebirds and other water fowl. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Remembering Emeryville’s mudflat art — and why the mud won out," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society: ► The number of shorebirds seen at coastal sites seem somewhat reduced in recent days, but things are really heating up for pelagic bird activity offshore., "Bird sightings across the region," 26 Aug. 2019 The Big Lake Wildlife Management Area is a nesting area for dozens of species of ducks, Canada geese, double-crested cormorants, shorebirds, gulls, pelicans and other waterfowl, according to the state's FWP. David Williams, CNN, "Thousands of birds killed in a Montana hailstorm," 23 Aug. 2019 Big Lake Wildlife Management Area's lake and surrounding wetlands serve as the nesting areas for dozens of species of ducks, Canada geese, double-crested cormorants, shorebirds, gulls, pelicans and other waterfowl, the agency said. Fox News, "SEE IT: Thousands of birds killed during hailstorm at Montana wildlife preserve," 20 Aug. 2019 That could come into play for the slenderclaw crayfish and the eastern black rail, a migratory shorebird that spends time in the coastal marshes of Alabama and Florida. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Alabama crayfish could be early victim of weakened endangered species protections," 15 Aug. 2019 The shorebird has been on the federal endangered species list since 1986. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 2019 That culling, in turn, threatened the food supply for shorebirds. Maddy Lauria,, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of shorebird

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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26 Sep 2019

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“Shorebird.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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shore·​bird | \ ˈshȯr-ˌbərd How to pronounce shorebird (audio) \

Kids Definition of shorebird

: a bird (as a plover or sandpiper) that frequents the seashore

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