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A bird, such as a petrel or albatross, that frequents the ocean, especially far from shore.
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(ˈsiːbɜːd) or

sea bird

(Animals) a bird that lives near the sea and gets its food from the sea
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or sea′ bird`,

a bird frequenting the sea or coast. Also called seafowl.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seabird - a bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gullsseabird - a bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gulls; pelicans; gannets; cormorants; albatrosses; petrels; etc.
aquatic bird - wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
coastal diving bird - gull family; skimmer family; jaeger family; auk family
auk - black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
puffin - any of two genera of northern seabirds having short necks and brightly colored compressed bills
gaviiform seabird - seabirds of the order Gaviiformes
podicipitiform seabird - aquatic birds related to the loons
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
sphenisciform seabird - flightless cold-water seabirds: penguins
oceanic bird, pelagic bird - bird of the open seas
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sea bird [ˈsiːbɜːrd] noiseau m marin, oiseau m de mer
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"It will be one valiant sword the less, but there will remain still three, without reckoning my own; now four devoted men around the king to protect him from his enemies, to be at his side in battle, to aid him with counsel, to escort him in flight, are sufficient, not to make the king a conqueror, but to save him if conquered; and whatever Mazarin may say, once on the shores of France your royal husband may find as many retreats and asylums as the seabird finds in a storm."
Here and there a fishing boat, with a rag of sail, running madly for shelter before the blast, now and again the white wings of a storm-tossed seabird. On the summit of the East Cliff the new searchlight was ready for experiment, but had not yet been tried.
He looked like a frightful and elaborate scarecrow set up on the poop of a death- stricken ship, set up to keep the seabirds from the corpses.
For three or four centuries they have remained upon this small promontory, on which they had settled like a flight of seabirds, without mixing with the Marseillaise population, intermarrying, and preserving their original customs and the costume of their mother-country as they have preserved its language.
SEABIRD populations on a rocky island off Devon have soared following the eradication of rats that lived there, conservationists have revealed.
The Scottish Seabird Centre, a leading conservation charity, said the first of this year's pufflings (puffin chicks) have started to make an appearance.
The bird charity hopes that by building a picture of puffins' eating habits, it can put pressure on the Welsh Government to include them in a new Seabird Conservation Strategy.
DOUBTLESS it will divide opinion - but the petition to remove netting from buildings on Newcastle Quayside to protect the seabird colony, some of which have become trapped in it and consequently died, has attratcted thousands of signatures.
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Results from the five-year study published in the journal Ecological Applications reveal the extensive areas of sea the four seabird species use - at least 600,000 square miles, an area three times the size of Spain.
(GEE) has signed a multi- year contract renewal for satellite communication services for SeaBird Exploration.