; class Aves, order Charadriiformes)
A family of large, black, or black and white, waders, which have long, stout, orange-red bills, and thick, orange legs with three webbed toes. They run and swim well, are very noisy, and inhabit coastal shores, where they feed on molluscs, crustaceans, worms, and insects. They nest on the ground. There is one genus, Haematopus, containing about eight species, found in Europe, Asia, N. and S. America, Australia, and New Zealand.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.