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Australian Pied Oystercatcher

(Haematopus longirostris)
Alternate name(s): "Pied Oystercatcher", "White-breasted Oyster-catcher", "Black-and-white Oyster-catcher", "Seapie", "Olive", "Eugerie-bird", "Wongbird", "Redbill*", "Torea"
Aboriginal name(s): "kornkorn" (WA)

Size: 42-50 cm

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Australian Pied Oystercatcher at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Close-up lateral view of an Australian Pied Oystercatcher (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)

Lateral view of an Australian Pied Oystercatcher (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)

Dorsal view of an Australian Pied Oystercatcher
[Near Old Bar, NSW, September 2011]

Resting Australian Pied Oystercatcher
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

The same Australian Pied Oystercatcher as shown above, stretching its wings
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Couple of Australian Pied Oystercatchers (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)

Pair of Australian Pied Oystercatchers
[Myall Lakes NP, NSW, June 2009]

Australian Pied Oystercatcher in flight (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)

Australian Pied Oystercatcher flying in front of a breaking wave
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

Australian Pied Oystercatcher in flight, seen from underneath
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, September 2016]

Direct comparison of an Australian Pied Oystercatcher with a Sooty Oystercatcher
[Iluka Bluff, Bundjalung NP, NSW, May 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jun - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 28 - 32 days Fledging age: Precocial

Given the right conditions - and depending on geographical latitude - Australian Pied Oystercatchers can breed almost any time of the year, except April.

Nest building: ? Incubation: Mostly female Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Scrape Material: Sandy soil Height above ground: N/A

Australian Pied Oystercatcher nest with one egg; a second egg was laid after the photo had been taken (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Arm, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 60 x 41 mm Colour: Creamy, with dark-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

(See photo above).

Food, Diet

Pied Oystercatches feed on oysters and other shellfish that they pry loose with their powerful bills.

This Australian Pied Oystercatcher was seen by us foraging ontop of a sand dune, rather than along the edge of water (there was salt water on one side of the dune and a salt marsh of an estuary on the other)
[Near Old Bar, NSW, September 2011]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

pieoyst_20150326.mp3 (NE NSW) Contact call (in-flight) © MD
pieoyst_20150326_2.mp3 (NE NSW) ? (in-flight) © MD

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