AskDefine | Define oystercatcher

Dictionary Definition

oystercatcher n : black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and bill; feed on oysters etc. [syn: oyster catcher]

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  1. Any of various coastal wading birds of the genus Haematopus that have a long orange bill and feed on shellfish.



Extensive Definition

"Oystercatchers" is also a novel by Susan Fletcher.
The oystercatchers are a group of waders; they form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are large obvious and noisy plover-like birds, with strong bills used for smashing or prying open molluscs.
In some species, the bill shape varies according to the diet. Those birds with blade-like bill tips pry open or smash mollusc shells, and those with pointed bill tips tend to probe for annelid worms.
They are found on coasts worldwide apart from the polar regions. They are all-black, black and white or brown and white in appearance.

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oystercatcher in German: Austernfischer (Gattung)
oystercatcher in Spanish: Haematopodidae
oystercatcher in Esperanto: Hematopedoj
oystercatcher in French: Huîtrier
oystercatcher in Western Frisian: Strânljippen
oystercatcher in Hebrew: שלצדפיים
oystercatcher in Lithuanian: Jūrinės šarkos
oystercatcher in Hungarian: Csigaforgatófélék
oystercatcher in Dutch: Scholeksters
oystercatcher in Japanese: ミヤコドリ族 (Sibley)
oystercatcher in Norwegian: Tjeldfamilien
oystercatcher in Norwegian Nynorsk: Tjeldfamilien
oystercatcher in Polish: Ostrygojady
oystercatcher in Portuguese: Ostraceiro
oystercatcher in Finnish: Meriharakat
oystercatcher in Swedish: Strandskator
oystercatcher in Turkish: Poyraz kuşugiller
oystercatcher in Zeeuws: Zeêlieven
oystercatcher in Chinese: 蛎鹬属
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