Living Bird Magazine
American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Haematopodidae
A large, boldly patterned bird, the American Oystercatcher is conspicuous along ocean shores and salt marshes. True to its name, it is specialized in feeding on bivalves (oysters, clams, and mussels) and uses its brightly colored bill to get at them.More ID Info
- Ostrero Pío Americano (Spanish)
- Huîtrier d'Amérique (French)
- Cool Facts
- Two races of American Oystercatcher breed in North America: the eastern race along the Atlantic coast, and a second race along the Pacific coast from northwestern Baja California southward. North of Baja California, the Black Oysercatcher takes over.
- The oldest American Oystercatcher was at least 23 years, 10 months old.