Haematopus ostralegus, Lin.
862. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 659 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. V, p. 212; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 427; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 234.
THE OYSTER CATCHER.
Length, 16 to 17 ; wing, 10; tail, 4; tarsus, 2 ; bill at front, 4.
Bill orange-yellow, dusky on culmen ; irides crimson-red; eyelids orange, with a small space of the lower eyelid plumed and white.
Whole head and neck, upper back, wings and tail, black ; lower back, rump, upper tail-coverts, and lower plumage from the breast, white; a broad wing-band formed by the greater-coverts also white.
Young birds are less pure black, with pale edges to the feathers, and after the first moult they are said to have a white collar all round the neck.
The Oyster Catcher is a cold weather visitant, and occurs all along the coast, but is not found inland.