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 red knot shorebird population was declining, signaling trouble on the horseshoe crab front. Carol Motsinger, USA TODAY, "Horseshoe crabs have a vital role in the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Here's why.," 22 Sep. 2020 Most notable was the destruction last fall of nesting grounds for 25,000 shorebirds in Virginia to make way for a road and tunnel project. CBS News, "Trump rule could kill "billions of birds" and devastate endangered species, former wildlife chief says," 1 Apr. 2020 The team also drew on the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for data on about 55 species found in boreal forests and the Arctic tundra, and on the International Shorebird Survey for trends in shorebirds such as sandpipers and plovers. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Three billion North American birds have vanished since 1970, surveys show," 19 Sep. 2019 This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions, and is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's Luxury 13-day Itinerary in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands," 23 Apr. 2020 Print or clip my personal sightings list, more than 70 species of shorebirds, waders, ducks, geese and raptors, and create your own life list. Tom Stienstra,, "Park closed during coronavirus? Look to wetlands to get outdoors," 15 Apr. 2020 The researchers believe Wonderchicken was a kind of tropical shorebird. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet 'Wonderchicken,' the oldest modern bird who lived among dinosaurs and survived their extinction," 18 Mar. 2020 To provide some immediate respite and give shorebirds the best chance to reach their breeding grounds, Purnell and his team took inspiration from oyster aquaculture. Priyanka Runwal, Scientific American, "Repurposed Oyster Farm Bags Offer New Real Estate for Migratory Birds," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society: Mid-July is a fine time to look for southward-migrating shorebirds at outlying coastal beaches, mudflats, and saltmarsh areas, as well as muddy pond edges in more inland areas., "Bird sightings," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of shorebird

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Shorebird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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