A seabird is any bird that lives most of its life near the sea (makes sense, right?). Gulls are one of the most common types of seabird.

When you go to the beach, you're bound to sea at least some seabirds. The big gray and white seabirds that try to steal your lunch are gulls, and the tiny seabirds that look like wind-up toys running in a group along the tideline may be plovers. Most seabirds nest in large colonies, and most of them are also migratory, meaning they travel many miles during the course of a year, often circumnavigating the entire planet.

Definitions of seabird

n a bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gulls; pelicans; gannets; cormorants; albatrosses; petrels; etc.

sea bird, seafowl
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coastal diving bird
gull family; skimmer family; jaeger family; auk family
black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
any of two genera of northern seabirds having short necks and brightly colored compressed bills
gaviiform seabird
seabirds of the order Gaviiformes
podicipitiform seabird
aquatic birds related to the loons
pelecaniform seabird
large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
sphenisciform seabird
flightless cold-water seabirds: penguins
oceanic bird, pelagic bird
bird of the open seas
long-winged web-footed aquatic bird of the gull family
gull-like seabird that flies along the surface of the water with an elongated lower mandible immersed to skim out food
rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their prey
any of several small auks of the northern Pacific coasts
Alca torda, razor-billed auk, razorbill
black-and-white northern Atlantic auk having a compressed sharp-edged bill
Plautus alle, dovekie, little auk
small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regions
Pinguinus impennis, great auk
large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coasts; extinct
small black or brown speckled auks of northern seas
Atlantic puffin, Fratercula arctica
common puffin of the northern Atlantic
Fratercula corniculata, horned puffin
northern Pacific puffin
Lunda cirrhata, tufted puffin
northern Pacific puffin having a large yellow plume over each eye
diver, loon
large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes
small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet
large long-winged warm-water seabird having a large bill with a distensible pouch for fish
frigate bird, man-of-war bird
long-billed warm-water seabird with wide wingspan and forked tail
large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish
Phalacrocorax carbo, cormorant
large voracious dark-colored long-necked seabird with a distensible pouch for holding fish; used in Asia to catch fish
anhinga, darter, snakebird
fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill
boatswain bird, tropic bird, tropicbird
mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from land
short-legged flightless birds of cold southern especially Antarctic regions having webbed feet and wings modified as flippers
procellariiform seabird
large long-winged bird with hooked bill and tubular nostrils that wanders the open seas
albatross, mollymawk
large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
diving petrel
any of several small diving birds of southern hemisphere seas; somewhat resemble auks
Type of:
aquatic bird
wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water

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