wading bird


Definition of wading bird

: any of an order (Ciconiiformes) of long-legged birds (such as herons, bitterns, storks, and ibises) that wade in water in search of food

Examples of wading bird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After consulting a database and taking a close look at the scans, Rohwer officially identified the avian mummy as a male sacred ibis, a type of wading bird distinguished by its black-and-white coloring. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 In concert, the band also incorporates uncommon instrumentation, such as a garmoshka (a button accordion), a didgeridoo and the bugay, a cone-shaped drum that makes a deep, resonating sound similar to the mating call of a bittern, or wading bird. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Like a Dave & Busters with wading bird motifs, owner Ginger Flesher-Sonnier’s 12,000-square-foot entertainment village combines cocktails, bar food and the leisurely activity of hurling sharp weapons at round targets. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Dec. 2021 The roseate spoonbill, like the flamingo a large, pink wading bird, is more widespread in the state and is not listed as threatened. Curt Anderson, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Nov. 2021 The roseate spoonbill, like the flamingo a large, pink wading bird, is more widespread in the state and is not listed as threatened. Curt Anderson, ajc, 5 Nov. 2021 This issue has a charmingly amateurish sketch of a three-legged, mermaid-like creature covered in scales, with the head of a bird topped by flowing locks of hair. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2020 Most of the videos are paired with downloadable instructions for related projects — videos on bird watching and weather stations, for example, are accompanied by a bird watching bingo card and a guide to making your own weather station. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, 2 Apr. 2020 How tough can a bird that weighs about a pound soaking wet be? Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wading bird.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wading bird

1840, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About wading bird

Time Traveler for wading bird

Time Traveler

The first known use of wading bird was in 1840

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near wading bird


wading bird

wading boot

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for wading bird

Last Updated

16 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Wading bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wading%20bird. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for wading bird

wading bird


Kids Definition of wading bird

: a bird (as a heron) with long legs that wades in water in search of food

More from Merriam-Webster on wading bird

Nglish: Translation of wading bird for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!