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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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'Whatever will you tell your mam, bach?' Owen had asked in the Oystercatcher, taking a nervous mouthful of beer and replacing the glass carefully on the beer mat.
Key species include Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Knot and Dunlin.
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Iolo, a familiar face from wildlife TV programmes such as Springwatch and Iolo's Snowdonia will be talking about his experiences working as a Species Officer for the RSPB, recalling stories from that time such as the farmer who held an egg collector over a 40-foot cliff to a colleague who kept half a village awake with his snoring, to an oystercatcher that briefly held up Prince Charles' train.
Formerly named Oystercatcher XXVIII, she claimed line and overall honours in the 2012 Okinawa-Tokai race, her maiden regatta.
Abstract: The American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus palliatus) is currently listed as a species of high concern by the United States Shorebird Conservation Plan.
Our study organisms are a common intertidal prey item (the owl limpet Lottia gigantea) and its low tide (the black oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani) and high tide (the sea star Pisaster ochraceus) predators.
ABSTRACT--The breeding biology of the Black Oystercatcher (Haemotopus bachmani) was studied on Triangle Island, British Columbia, Canada in 2003-2011.