Whale bird

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whale bird (Zoöl) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and floating oil; especially, Prion turturcalled also blue petrel), and Pseudoprion desolatus.
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Usage

In literature:

Let the whales, and the birds of the air that fly in the heavens, praise Thee.
"Codex Junius 11" by Unknown
As we approached our rendezvous, whale-birds** appeared.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Next day, being Saturday the twenty-second September, they saw a whale and several small birds.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
In all the preceding passage we had been scarcely a day without seeing birds of different kinds; and we also met with many whales.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
The fidelity of whales to each other exceeds the constancy of birds.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
In vertebrate zoology Wilson kept an accurate record of birds, and he and Lillie another record of whales and dolphins.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The seals and birds here are innumerable; we saw also many whales spouting about us, several of which were of an enormous size.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
Now the first attempts resulted in artificial classifications, much like our grouping of bats with birds and whales with fish.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Birds as usual were about the ship and some of them caught; and for the first time since we left Staten Land we saw some whales.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
We saw many whales, of a very large size, during this part of our passage, but very few birds.
"An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island" by John Hunter
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In poetry:

The bows glided down, and the coast
Blackened with birds took a last look
At his thrashing hair and whale-blue eye;
The trodden town rang its cobbles for luck.
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Ham chose an elephant, Shem chose a whale,
Japhet chose a little mouse with only half a tail;
Ham and Shem had each a bird with feathers on his forehead,
Japhet had a beetle; Mrs. Noah cried "How horrid!"
"Ham, Shem And Japhet" by Cicely Fox Smith
In Iceland's greasy mountains, where Eskimos shoot whales,
And the penguin pens and pipes his plaintive song;
The storks are busy stalking and the auks have gone out hawking,
And the niff-niff bird is humming all day long.
"The Eskimoos" by Billy Bennett

In news:

One theory taking flight says only vocal-learning animals can sync up with musical rhythms, and those species make up an exclusive club: humans, some birds, elephants, whales, and dolphins.
They include his favorites, dolphins, as well as birds, turtles, crabs, manatees, whales and Ten Thousand Island scenics.
In this January 2012 photo provided by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, birds fly over a humpback whale off the coast of Virginia.
Wildlife from moose to whales to all kinds of birds.
GPS technology has revolutionized the study of vertebrates like whales, birds and monkeys, allowing scientists to learn more about the animals' behaviors and sometimes-lengthy migrations.
In addition to charming and highly verbal and linguistic prairie dogs, other animals including bees, squid, birds, bats, monkeys, whales possess languages of varying complexity.
Green turtles, dolphins and whales live there, along with 200 species of birds, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of mollusks and, yes, an abundance of corals.
Long Island is home to a myriad of wildlife that range from sea turtles and sea birds to humpback whales and gray seals.
Their latest lawsuit claims the offshore wind farm would violate the Endangered Species Act by destroying habitat for whales, sea turtles and migratory birds.
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