any of various birds that live, feed, or nest near the shore, esp. any of a suborder (Charadrii, order Charadriiformes) of birds that includes plovers, snipes, sandpipers, and avocets
also shore bird
Any of various birds that frequent the shores of coastal or inland waters, such as a sandpiper, plover, or snipe.
- A bird, or species of birds, that is found near the edge of bodies of water.