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 The trails running through Sea Pines Forest Preserve are particularly pretty and include wetland boardwalks over marshes full of wading birds, scenic bridges, and places to stop for a picnic or toss out a fishing line from a dock. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 26 Aug. 2023 Wood storks are long-legged, wading birds that can stand more than 4-feet tall when fully-grown. Drew Kann, ajc, 18 Sep. 2023 Flamingos, a wading bird, are the last species bird watchers would have predicted. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 5 Sep. 2023 Native to Florida, historians say they were decimated by the plume trade in the late 1800s and early 1900s, like many wading birds, but have been seen more often in recent decades. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 The 2-year-old sniffer dogs are the latest weapons in the battle against the destructive Burmese python, an exotic constrictor that’s devouring entire populations of small mammals, raiding wading bird nests and disrupting the natural balance of predator and prey. sun-sentinel.com, 11 Mar. 2021 Nearby, visit Rainbow Springs State Park to swim in crystal-clear spring-fed waters or paddle a canoe on the river to spot wading birds, turtles, and perhaps alligators, too. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2023 In California, some rice farmers are being paid to delay the draining of their fields in late winter to protect breeding areas used by wading birds. WIRED, 20 June 2023 Campers are treated to salty sea breezes year-round, as well as palm trees, beaches, wading birds, and gorgeous sunsets. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wading bird was in 1840

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“Wading bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wading%20bird. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

wading bird

: any of various long-legged birds (as herons, storks, and ibises) that wade in water in search of food

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