oystercatcher

noun
oys·​ter·​catch·​er | \ˈȯi-stər-ˌka-chər, -ˌke-\

Definition of oystercatcher 

: any of a family (Haematopodidae containing a single genus Haematopus) of wading birds that have stout legs, a heavy wedge-shaped bill, and often black-and-white plumage

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Sightings in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included a royal tern, a Caspian tern, a black skimmer, a dunlin, and 3 American oystercatchers. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 24 June 2018 The islands also are used as nesting sites by least terns, Forster’s terns, oystercatchers and other waterbirds. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Cow Trap Lake Project a success on multiple levels," 10 May 2018 Birds noted on South Monomoy Island included 2 blue-winged teal, 3 Northern shovelers, 14 Northern pintails, a glaucous gull, 5 American oystercatchers, and a snowy owl. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oystercatcher

1731, in the meaning defined above

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