Definition of shorebird in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɔːbəːd


  • 1A bird that frequents the shore.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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