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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.]
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(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
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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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SIR, - While delighted to hear waders appear to be doing well in Gairnside, (Press and Journal, May 6) a pair of lapwings here and a pair of curlews there and the piping of oystercatchers in the background, does not mean all is well.
Staff at the centre will be busy again this Sunday when they host a Wader Watch from 9am to 11am, looking out for the likes of curlews, lapwings, knot, dunlin, golden plover and oystercatchers.
This denies curlews, oystercatchers, peewits and indeed skylarks among others, the opportunity to nest and even if they do, disaster almost inevitably follows soon after.
Lapwings, black grouse, golden plovers, curlews and oystercatchers lay eggs among the rushes, along the riverbanks and in the heather.
Counts are conducted every five years, enabling us to identify the most important areas for feeding birds such as Curlews, Redshanks and Oystercatchers, as well as gulls, geese, swans and ducks.
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These too highlight the good water quality as do local bird species from cormorants to kittiwakes and oystercatchers, indicating that the southern North Sea is abundant and biodiverse with marine life."
LAST week, the first flocks of oystercatchers navigated up the Tay from their winter feeding grounds on the coast.
Onlooking oystercatchers outcry, "Overdone, overdone."