oceanic bird

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Noun1.oceanic bird - bird of the open seasoceanic bird - bird of the open seas    
sea bird, seabird, seafowl - a bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gulls; pelicans; gannets; cormorants; albatrosses; petrels; etc.
procellariiform seabird - large long-winged bird with hooked bill and tubular nostrils that wanders the open seas
mollymawk, albatross - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
petrel - relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
diving petrel - any of several small diving birds of southern hemisphere seas; somewhat resemble auks
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Clark proposes 80 terms as POc bird names from the 200 cognate sets of bird names analyzed in the text, although many more unrecorded Oceanic bird names exist.
The dark-rumped petrel -- known locally as pata pegada, or web-footed an -- is an oceanic bird whose arm-length nesting burrows once pocked the islands' humid volcanic highlands.
With Ophelia bringing another blast of Atlantic air we should see more American or oceanic birds this week.
Only oceanic birds are found in the Maldives as the islands are located well inside the Indian Ocean.