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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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Recent Examples on the Web As the project expanded, so did public interest, with colorful murals of the American oystercatcher, bald eagles and cerulean warblers embellishing public spaces throughout Upper Manhattan, from Hamilton Heights to Harlem. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 For birds in decline — such as the black oystercatcher — that can have consequences. oregonlive, 2 July 2021 This young oystercatcher is old enough to forage but still relies on its parents for food because its beak hasn't developed the strength to open the shells of mollusks and crustaceans. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 Newly arriving local nesting birds included an American oystercatcher seen in Orleans, a piping plover in Falmouth, 3 tree swallows in Hyannis, and ospreys in a few places. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Mar. 2021 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Mass Audubon Society: Greater Boston: Three American oystercatchers were seen flying from Winthrop toward Logan Airport. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Jan. 2020 In addition, oystercatchers were also recorded on islands along the Connecticut shore near Greenwich, Norwalk and Westbrook. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, 19 Nov. 2019 Piping plovers, least terns, American oystercatchers, herons and egrets are particularly vulnerable. USA TODAY, 3 July 2019 Race Point sightings included a little gull and a royal tern, as well as 3 American oystercatchers, 14 piping plovers, 2 parasitic jaegers, 425 least terns, 3 black terns, 26 roseate terns, and 7 Manx shearwaters. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of oystercatcher

1731, in the meaning defined above

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“Oystercatcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oystercatcher. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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