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 Knowing that a shorebird migrating twenty thousand miles a year uses less than a single square mile of land along the way has helped conservationists engage in smaller, more affordable, more effective preservation. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Why Animals Don’t Get Lost," 29 Mar. 2021 Dr Norbury and his collaborators then modeled how their massive misinformation campaign of nesting bird scents might affect shorebird survival in the future. Grrlscientist, Forbes, "Using ‘Fake News’ To Protect Vulnerable Breeding Shorebirds," 12 Mar. 2021 By the time shorebird nesting began, predator interactions with odor were only at 5 to 9% of their initial levels. Grrlscientist, Forbes, "Using ‘Fake News’ To Protect Vulnerable Breeding Shorebirds," 12 Mar. 2021 Take, for example, the Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Plan developed by shorebird scientists, conservationists and managers. Rebecca Mcguire, Scientific American, "Scientific Collaboration in a Divided World," 14 Jan. 2021 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

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First Known Use of shorebird

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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5 Apr 2021

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“Shorebird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 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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