wading bird


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wading bird any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wading bird (Zoöl) See Wader, 2.
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In literature:

Certain nocturnal wading birds produce these silhouettes among the marshes.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Gigantic primitive birds, sometimes ten feet high, waded by the shore.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Wading birds, which frequent the muddy edges of ponds, if suddenly flushed, would be the most likely to have muddy feet.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Wading birds, which frequent the muddy edges of ponds, if suddenly flushed, would be the most likely to have muddy feet.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
To Wade a bird was a bird as long as it was neither a buzzard nor a crow.
"The Lilac Girl" by Ralph Henry Barbour
As they walked and waded they crossed the tracks of many animals and birds, to most of which Johnny could give names.
"Dick in the Everglades" by A. W. Dimock
Along the coast, and wading in the shallow waters around the bays, are some strange birds known as pelicans and shags.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
At last several came wading into the water bringing their birds.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Before he had waded half way to the dead bird the ground began to sink under him.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Numberless birds, many of large size, flew through the air or waded on the banks.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
All the wading and swimming birds are to be dreaded by the fish culturist.
"Amateur Fish Culture" by Charles Edward Walker
It is one of the wading birds, its food consisting of larvae of insects, small shell fish and the like.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [August, 1897]" by Various
The stork is another bird with long legs that wades in the water and eats frogs and fish.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
A flock of snipe or wading birds met us, followed us for a time, and then took their way south.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Every pond, large or small, is sure to be the resort of tall wading-birds and waterfowls.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
This condition is paralleled in birds with long necks, especially wading birds such as the Heron.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
You don't hunt birds' nests in the summer now, or go wading in the streams.
"The Automobile Girls Along the Hudson" by Laura Dent Crane
The Bitterns and Herons unlike our other long-legged wading birds, fly with a fold in the neck.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
These remains belong to a swimming bird of the albatross species, and a wading bird like a snipe.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
The birds fell well out in the pond, and he waded out to retrieve them.
"Pony Tracks" by Frederic Remington

In poetry:

All the children as they pass
Turn to see the bird of stone,
'Twixt the arches all alone,
Wading to it through the grass.
"Llewellyn" by Walter Richard Cassels
Lay me nigh to whah hit meks a little pool,
An' de watah stan's so quiet lak an' cool,
Whah de little birds in spring,
Ust to come an' drink an' sing,
An' de chillen waded on dey way to school.
"A Death Song" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Now those studying the egrets , the long-legged birds often seen wading in ponds and marshes in which sibling rivalry has gone to an extreme, say they have begun finding some answers.
Wading birds, like this heron in Lake Okeechobee , benefit from water levels rising after three days of storms.
Wave barriers promise erosion control for wading bird habitat.
Birds expected to be seen include year-round birds , waterfowl and wading birds .
The newly planted mangroves are expected to grow into islands that provide habitat for fish, wading birds and manatees.
But because sea grass is the foundation of the lagoon 's marine life, providing food and shelter, a widespread die-off of the plants could prove devastating for many years, for everything from manatees to wading birds.
"The natural phenomenon of numerous species of wading birds can be seen up close in Audubon Park," declares the park's website.
Birding at Hawks Prairie Reclaimed Water Ponds: Walk the easy gravel paths around the reclamation ponds, marshes, and vegetation looking for ducks, raptors, passerines, and wading birds.
Mayoral candidate Jerry Wade , center, goes bird-watching with, from left, his wife Edge Wade , Laurie Shawver and Bill Clark on Wednesday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
Recent heavy rains have wildlife officials optimistic about nesting prospects for Southwest Florida's wading birds, particularly wood storks, whose nesting success is an important indicator of wetland health.