oystercatcher

or oys·ter catch·er

[oi-ster-kach-er]
noun
  1. any of several long-billed wading birds of the genus Haematopus that have chiefly black-and-white plumage and that feed on oysters, clams, mussels, etc.

Origin of oystercatcher

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35; oyster + catcher
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oystercatcher

noun
  1. 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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