Seabirds

EURASIAN OYSTERCATCHER

EURASIAN OYSTERCATCHER
Written by mrhusev
Eurasian oystercatcher is a shorebird.

This robust, somewhat stocky wader is entirely black and white: head, neck, upper chest, and back are black; wings and tail are black and white. The long, straight beak is orange-red. The legs are pink. There is no sexual dimorphism; males and females are identical.

Classification: vertebrates, birds, charadriiformes, haematopodidae
Size: typical length of 55 cm
Weight: 600 g type
Habitat and distribution: freshwater and coastal areas of North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa
Conservation status: unthreatened and endangered

Oystercatchers are large, noisy birds that live on rocky coasts and beaches, or sometimes near freshwater inland. There are 11 species of Oystercatchers, most of them black, or brown and white, with long orange or red beaks.
The Northern Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) uses its beak in two ways: to hammer the hard shells of Mussels and Cockles (see fact sheet), or as pincers to catch worms in the sand.
The Oystercatcher nests on pebble beaches and lays up to four masked eggs per year.

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