oystercatcher(redirected from Haemotopus)
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Any of several shorebirds of the genus Haematopus, having black or black-and-white plumage and a long, heavy orange bill and feeding on mollusks, crustaceans, and other small invertebrates.
[From the belief that the birds eat mainly oysters, since they are often seen feeding on mollusk beds although they very rarely if ever take oysters.]
(Animals) any shore bird of the genus Haematopus and family Haematopodidae, having a black or black-and-white plumage and a long stout laterally compressed red bill
or oys′ter catch`er,
any of several heavy-billed shorebirds comprising the family Haematopodidae, that have chiefly black-and-white plumage and feed largely on bivalve mollusks.