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Eurasian Oystercatcher

(Haematopus ostralegus)
Alternate name(s): "Common Pied Oystercatcher", "Palaearctic Oystercatcher", "White-breasted Oystercatcher", "Black-and-white Osytercatcher", "Oystercatcher"
German name(s): "Austernfischer"

Size: 40-45 cm, incl. bill (6.5-9 cm); wing span 80-85 cm
Weight: 480 g (average)


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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Oystercatcher at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "ostralegus"


Sex unknown


Frontal view of an adult Eurasian Oystercatcher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Near-lateral view of an Eurasian Oystercatcher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Oystercatcher (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Concorneau, Bretagne, France, August 2020]


Lateral view of a juvenile Eurasian Oystercatcher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Wadebridge, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Race "longipes"

Photos of an Eurasian Oystercatcher, race "longipes", were taken by us in Oman.

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