water bird

noun
an aquatic bird; a swimming or wading bird.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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water bird
 
n
any aquatic bird, including the wading and swimming birds

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The adult brown pelican is a large dark gray-brown water bird with white about the head and neck.
Watch for the ouzel, a small water bird that bobs in the water and feeds along the river bottom.
Cormorants are now an abundant water bird in the region and their populations have been expanding.
Winter water bird volunteers conduct weekly surveys while target wetlands are flooded.
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