Definition of shorebird in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɔːbəːd/


1A bird that frequents the shore.
Example sentences
  • These small shorebirds all have short legs and similar plumage and frequent mud flats in search of the same food.
  • In the flooded fields there were some cattle egrets and small shorebirds.
  • They can also be found in places not usually frequented by shorebirds, such as drainage ditches and mud puddles.
1.1chiefly North American A wader of the order Charadriiformes, such as a sandpiper.
Example sentences
  • The river is a great place to spot shorebirds, including spotted shorebirds like the Spotted Sandpiper.
  • Rock Sandpipers are unusual among shorebirds in that they commonly eat vegetable matter, including seeds, berries, moss, and algae.
  • Here tens of thousands of semi-palmated sandpipers and other shorebirds feed on the rich salt marshes that dominate the landscape.

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