oystercatcher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oystercatcher black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and bill; feed on oysters etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n oystercatcher (Zoöl) Any one of several species of wading birds of the genus Hæmatopus having stout legs and bill and mostly black-and-white plumage, which frequent seashores and feed upon oysters and other shellfish. The European species (Hæmatopus ostralegus), the common American species (Hæmatopus palliatus), and the California, or black, oyster catcher (Hæmatopus Bachmani) are the best known.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oystercatcher A maritime wading bird of the family Hæmatopodidæ: so called from the habit of feeding upon small oysters and other mollusks. There are several species, found on the sea-coast of most countries, all of the single genus Hæmatopus, about 18 inches long and 30 inches in extent of wings, with stout red or bright-colored bill and feet, and the plumage either party-colored with black and white or entirely blackish. The common European oyster-catcher, H. ostrilegus; has the head, neck, and most of the upper parts glossy-black, the under parts, rump, and parts of the wings and tail white. It is very widely distributed in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The American oyster-catcher is a similar but distinct species, H. palliatus, having the back smoky-brown in contrast to the black head. It is common along the Atlantic coast. H. niger, the black oyster-catcher, inhabits the Pacific coast. See cut under Hæmatopus.
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Usage

In literature:

The Oystercatcher breeds in Guernsey itself about the cliffs.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
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In news:

Even though they are called "oystercatchers" they rarely eat oysters.
Nesting season is under way for shorebirds such as the snowy plover, black skimmer and American oystercatcher on Gasparilla Island shores and elsewhere in Southwest Florida.
Nesting season is under way for shorebirds such as the snowy plover, black skimmer and American oystercatcher on Gasparilla Island shores and elsewhere in Southwest Gloirda.
Articles from the pages of BirdWatching about oystercatchers, curlews, plovers, turnstones, and other shorebirds (or waders).
Visit this sandy spot just outside Wilmington for views of nesting Least Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, and Wilson's Plover.
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