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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.
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Noun1.oystercatcher - black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and billoystercatcher - black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and bill; feed on oysters etc.
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
genus Haematopus, Haematopus - oystercatchers


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gt; 1% of flyway population) of seven shorebirds for part of the year: Double-banded Plover Charadrius bicinctus, Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea, Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus, Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata, Pied Oystercatcher Haemotopus longirostris and Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus (Watkins 1993; Dann 2007).
Effects of winter feeding on limpets by Black Oystercatchers Haemotopus bachmanni.