Definition of wading bird in US English:

wading bird


  • A waterbird, especially one with long legs, that habitually wades; a wader.

    • ‘The island also attracts a variety of wading birds such as herons and egrets and many songbirds.’
    • ‘A recent survey of sites across Wales and England has discovered an alarming decline in the number of wading birds, to the extent that in lowland Wales curlew are ‘approaching local extinction’.’
    • ‘The animals eat the eggs of wading birds including dunlin, lapwing, redshank and snipe.’
    • ‘Raptors, colonial birds, shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl can all be found feeding and nesting on various islands in the Bay.’
    • ‘A large, long-necked and long-legged wading bird with pure white plumage, the Great Egret has a long, yellow bill, and dark legs and feet.’