wading bird


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wading bird

[′wād·iŋ ‚bərd]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of the long-legged, long-necked birds composing the order Ciconiiformes, including storks, herons, egrets, and ibises.
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Despite the protections, wading birds' presence in South Florida, their cradle of civilization, is tenuous again.
Although wading birds usually feed alone and for short periods, their energetic requirements are high (Kushlan 1978, 1981).
A new program is helping the military to protect and defend wading birds, woodpeckers, rare plants, and other resources.
Science demonstrates clearly that an investment in the time spent on legal predator control helps the breeding success of many species of wading birds, including curlew.
THE dry weather is putting the chicks of wading birds at risk at key wildlife sites, the RSPB has warned.
The black-tailed qodwit is a large wading bird with a long straight bill and long legs.
Recent surveys of the wading bird population showed numbers of some species had dropped by nearly 60 per cent in the last five years.
In the first country-wide assessment of its kind, the RSPB study looked at five wading bird species - lapwing, curlew, golden plover, dunlin and snipe.
As it dropped to the ground, someone pointed out that it was in fact an ibis, a stork-like wading bird.
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Hundreds of bird watchers are flocking to a country park to spot a rare North American wading bird, the sora rail.