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surfbird

[surf-burd] /ˈsɜrfˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
a sandpiperlike shorebird, Aphriza virgata, of the Pacific coast, breeding in Alaska and wintering in South America.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; surf + bird
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surfbird

/ˈsɜːfˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
an American shore bird, Aphriza virgata, having a spotted plumage, with a black and white tail: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
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surfbird

(Aphriza virgata), American shorebird that has a black triangle on its otherwise white tail. Surfbirds are about 25 centimetres (10 inches) long. With the knots, they constitute the subfamily Calidritinae (family Scolopacidae).

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