oystercatcher

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Two pied oystercatchers (Haematopus longirostris).

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oyster +‎ catcher

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɔɪstə.ˌkætʃə/

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oystercatcher (plural oystercatchers)

  1. Any of several black or pied coastal wading birds in the genus Haematopus that have a long red or orange bill and feed on shellfish.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 181:
      [T]he sea-swallows uttered their ringing "Tree, tree," and the oyster-catchers their mocking "Click, click!" which has caused so many an unsuccessful sportsman to smile.

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