coastal diving bird
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|Noun||1.||coastal diving bird - gull family; skimmer family; jaeger family; auk family|
Charadriiformes, order Charadriiformes - large diverse order of aquatic birds found along seacoasts and inland waters: shorebirds and coastal diving birds; most feed on anima life
sea bird, seabird, seafowl - a bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gulls; pelicans; gannets; cormorants; albatrosses; petrels; etc.
larid - long-winged web-footed aquatic bird of the gull family
skimmer - gull-like seabird that flies along the surface of the water with an elongated lower mandible immersed to skim out food
jaeger - rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their prey