Definitions of shorebird
  1. noun
    any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
    synonyms: limicoline bird, shore bird
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    any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
    any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers
    Aphriza virgata, surfbird
    sandpiper-like shorebird of Pacific coasts of North America and South America
    game bird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe
    Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks
    large migratory shorebirds of the sandpiper family; closely related to woodcocks but having a down-curved bill
    large wading bird that resembles a curlew; has a long slightly upturned bill
    Himantopus stilt, long-legs, longlegs, stilt, stilt plover, stiltbird
    long-legged three-toed black-and-white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoons
    Australian stilt, stilt
    long-legged three-toed wading bird of brackish marshes of Australia
    long-legged web-footed black-and-white shorebird with slender upward-curving bill
    oyster catcher, oystercatcher
    black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and bill; feed on oysters etc.
    small sandpiper-like shorebird having lobate toes and being good swimmers; breed in the Arctic and winter in the tropics
    glareole, pratincole
    Old World shorebird with long pointed wings and short legs; closely related to the coursers
    swift-footed terrestrial plover-like bird of southern Asia and Africa; related to the pratincoles
    Burhinus oedicnemus, stone curlew, thick-knee
    large-headed large-eyed crepuscular or nocturnal shorebird of the Old World and tropical America having a thickened knee joint
    Charadrius melodus, piping plover
    small plover of eastern North America
    Charadrius vociferus, kildeer, killdeer, killdeer plover
    American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry
    Charadrius morinellus, Eudromias morinellus, dotrel, dotterel
    rare plover of upland areas of Eurasia
    golden plover
    plovers of Europe and America having the backs marked with golden-yellow spots
    green plover, lapwing, peewit, pewit
    large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs
    migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for food
    Actitis hypoleucos, European sandpiper
    a variety of sandpiper
    Actitis macularia, spotted sandpiper
    common North American sandpiper
    Erolia minutilla, least sandpiper, stint
    smallest American sandpiper
    Erolia alpina, dunlin, red-backed sandpiper
    small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regions
    Tringa nebularia, greenshank
    large European sandpiper with greenish legs
    Tringa totanus, redshank
    a common Old World wading bird with long red legs
    either of two North American shorebird with yellow legs
    Calidris melanotos, jacksnipe, pectoral sandpiper
    American sandpiper that inflates its chest when courting
    Calidris canutus, grayback, greyback, knot
    a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
    Calidris Ferruginea, curlew sandpiper
    Old World sandpiper with a curved bill like a curlew
    Crocethia alba, sanderling
    small sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and migrates southward along sandy coasts in most of world
    Bartramia longicauda, Bartramian sandpiper, upland plover, upland sandpiper
    large plover-like sandpiper of North American fields and uplands
    Philomachus pugnax, ruff
    common Eurasian sandpiper; the male has an erectile neck ruff in breeding season
    any of several long-legged shorebirds having a loud whistling cry
    Eurasian woodcock, Scolopax rusticola
    short-legged long-billed migratory Old World woodcock
    American woodcock, Philohela minor, woodcock snipe
    small long-billed woodcock; prized as a game bird
    Gallinago gallinago, whole snipe
    common snipe of Eurasia and Africa
    Gallinago gallinago delicata, Wilson's snipe
    American snipe
    Gallinago media, great snipe, woodcock snipe
    Old World snipe larger and darker than the whole snipe
    Limnocryptes minima, half snipe, jacksnipe
    a small short-billed Old World snipe
    shorebird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe
    European curlew, Numenius arquata
    common Eurasian curlew
    Eskimo curlew, Numenius borealis
    New World curlew that breeds in northern North America
    Hudsonian godwit, Limosa haemastica
    New World godwit
    Himantopus mexicanus, black-necked stilt
    stilt of southwestern United States to northern South America having black plumage extending from the head down the back of the neck
    Himantopus himantopus, black-winged stilt
    stilt of Europe and Africa and Asia having mostly white plumage but with black wings
    Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus, white-headed stilt
    stilt of the southwest Pacific including Australia and New Zealand having mostly white plumage but with black wings and nape of neck
    Himantopus novae-zelandiae, kaki
    blackish stilt of New Zealand sometimes considered a color phase of the white-headed stilt
    Cladorhyncus leucocephalum, banded stilt
    web-footed Australian stilt with reddish-brown pectoral markings
    Phalaropus fulicarius, red phalarope
    phalarope of northern oceans and lakes
    Lobipes lobatus, northern phalarope
    breeds in Arctic regions of Old and New Worlds; large flocks often seen far out at sea
    Steganopus tricolor, Wilson's phalarope
    breeds on the northern great plains of Canada
    Cursorius cursor, cream-colored courser
    courser of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World
    Pluvianus aegyptius, crocodile bird
    African courser that feeds on insect parasites on crocodiles
    type of:
    wader, wading bird
    any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
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