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A long-legged bird, such as a crane, heron, or stork, that frequents shallow water, especially in search of food. Also called wader.
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any of various long-legged, long-billed, and long-necked birds that wade in shallow waters for live food, as the crane, heron, ibis, stork, spoonbill, and flamingo.
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|Noun||1.||wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food|
aquatic bird - wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
stork - large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage
Balaeniceps rex, shoebill, shoebird - large stork-like bird of the valley of the White Nile with a broad bill suggesting a wooden shoe
ibis - wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills
spoonbill - wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon
flamingo - large pink to scarlet web-footed wading bird with down-bent bill; inhabits brackish lakes
heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
crane - large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world
Aramus pictus, limpkin - wading bird of Florida, Cuba and Jamaica having a drooping bill and a distinctive wailing call
Cariama cristata, crested cariama, seriema - Brazilian Cariama; sole representative of the genus Cariama
rail - any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
bustard - large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes
bustard quail, button quail, button-quail, hemipode - small quail-like terrestrial bird of southern Eurasia and northern Africa that lacks a hind toe; classified with wading birds but inhabits grassy plains
ortygan - any of several East Indian birds
Pedionomus torquatus, plain wanderer - small Australian bird related to the button quail; classified as wading bird but inhabits plains
trumpeter - large gregarious crane-like bird of the forests of South America having glossy black plumage and a loud prolonged cry; easily domesticated
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