American Oystercatcher Identification

Adult Description

  • Large shorebird.
  • Black head.
  • Large red bill.
  • Back brown.
  • Underside white.
  • Stout legs, dull pink.
  • Bold white stripe in wings and white rump visible in flight.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but bill duller and back with scaly light edges to feathers.
Relative Size

Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 15.8-17.3 in (40-44 cm)
    • Weight: 14.1-24.7 oz (400-700 g)