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Eurasian Oystercatcher

(Haematopus ostralegus)
Alternate name(s): "Common Pied Oystercatcher", "Palaearctic Oystercatcher", "White-breasted Oystercatcher", "Black-and-white Osytercatcher", "Oystercatcher"
Size: 40-45 cm, incl. bill (6.5-9 cm); wing span 80-85 cm
Weight: 480 g (average)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Oystercatcher at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "longipes"

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Eurasian Oystercatcher
[Al Batinah region, May 2010]

Dorsal view of the same Eurasian Oystercatcher as shown above
[Al Batinah region, May 2010]

Distant lateral view of an immature Eurasian Oystercatcher in flight
[Ras Al Hadd, May 2010]

Here a more frontal view, showing clearly the white neckband typical of immature Eurasian Oystercatchers
[Ras Al Hadd, May 2010]

Immature Eurasian Oystercatcher landing on a beach...
[Ras Al Hadd, May 2010]

Food, Diet

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

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