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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)


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

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Race "longipes"


Lateral view of a juvenile Eurasian Oystercatcher; note the white semi-collar and the dark tip of the bill
[Al Batinah region, May 2010]

Dorsal view of a juvenile Eurasian Oystercatcher; click on image to also see its mates and a Eurasian Curlew
[Al Batinah region, May 2010]

Near-lateral view, showing clearly the white neckband typical of juvenile Eurasian Oystercatchers
[Ras Al Hadd, May 2010]

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

Juvenile 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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