from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird that frequents the sea-shore, the mouths of rivers, and estuaries; a limicoline wading bird, or any member of the Limicolæ: so called in distinction from paludicole wading birds. (See Limicolæ.) Many of these birds are also called bay-birds or bay-snipe.
  • n. The river-swallow, sand-martin, of bank-swallow, Cotile or Clivicola riparia.


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  • If plants and animals change their distribution in response to a changing climate as is expected (Chapters 7, 8, 9), critical habitats of wildlife (seabird nesting colony sites, reindeer/caribou calving grounds, waterfowl and shore-bird nesting and staging areas, marine mammal haul-out areas) will also change in their distribution over time.

    Management and conservation of wildlife in the Arctic

  • I just admit it's sentiment rather than any real utility or inherent value that a particular species of non-thriving thus endangered shore-bird happens to hold.

    A man shoots a feral cat that was stalking endangered shore birds.

  • I had seen him run ... he ran low to the ground, in flashes, like some sort of shore-bird.

    Tramping on Life

  • Once in that tormented journey there was a sudden jingle of metal, like rattling handcuffs, in the man's ear and a heavy hand fell detainingly on his shoulder -- and he squeaked like a caught shore-bird and shrunk away from under the rough grips of a truckman who had yanked him clear of a lurching truck horse tangled in its own traces.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm His Plight and other Plights

  • The cry of that shore-bird closely resembles the moaning of an abandoned child; and when it comes up from among the reeds you would say that it was the last effort of a drowning man.


  • They made me unhappy, they declared that I did not feel my unhappiness; I was almost banished from my father's house; they sent me to live among the rocks like a lonely shore-bird.


  • Once, under Austin's and young Craig's supervision, she tried shore-bird shooting; but the first broken wing from the gun on her left settled the thing for ever for her, and the horror of the blood-sprinkled, kicking mass of feathers haunted her dreams for a week.

    The Younger Set

  • -- Apparently this is the next shore-bird species that will follow the Eskimo curlew into oblivion.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation

  • About meridian a shore-bird, rather like a woodcock, but considerably larger, came fluttering round the ship, evidently wearied by long flight, yet fearing to confide in our hospitality; and not without reason, faith! for one of our passengers gave me notice of the stranger, and gravely requested me to shoot it.

    Impressions of America During The Years 1833, 1834, and 1835. In Two Volumes, Volume II.

  • I notice that the old poets do the same); his long, sharp wings, and something in his manner of flight suggested a shore-bird.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton


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