• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Oyster-catcher the sea pie—a sea wading bird of the family Hæmatopodidæ, having dark plumage and red bill and feet
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. oistre (Fr. huître)—L. ostrea—Gr. ostreon, an oyster—osteon, a bone.


In literature:

Another bird of our coast is the Oyster-catcher, sometimes called the "Sea-pie" or Mussel-picker.
"On the Seashore" by R. Cadwallader Smith
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 14, Issue 403, December 5, 1829" by Various
A few oyster-catchers and gulls were generally about the beach, and in the lake a few wild ducks.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
The oyster-catcher, which is a somewhat rare bird, has been observed only on Lake Neyriz.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
Sometimes bathers were attacked; at other times fishermen, shrimp catchers, and oyster divers were carried off or attacked by them.
"Prisoners Their Own Warders" by J. F. A. McNair
Oyster-catchers, as they are familiarly called, decked with scarlet bills and legs, are abundant.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
This species is the same size as the Oyster-catcher, but the plumage is entirely black both above and below.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Oyster-catchers, as they are familiarly called, decked with scarlet legs and bills, were abundant.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
Half-seen birds were wading about the water's edge, but Dick said these were oyster-catchers and not worth powder and shot.
"Johnstone of the Border" by Harold Bindloss
Only the Sooty Oyster-Catcher knows How sweet to us, as there we lingered dreaming.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach

In news:

"Great black-backed gulls nest on Little Gull ," she says, "as well as herring gulls , double-crested cormorants, and possibly a pair of oyster catchers.