• 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
The Oyster-catchers are also strictly maritime.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
The Oyster Catcher inhabits the shores of Great Britain and Ireland throughout the year.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
This Oyster-catcher is widely distributed along the coasts of North and South America, from Nova Scotia to Patagonia.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
Coolidge and party shot two Oyster Catchers; these are becoming plentiful.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
The scarlet-legged oyster-catcher, or "sea-pie," makes Annet its breeding-ground; as also do many of the terns.
"The Isles of Scilly" by Jessie Mothersole

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.