American Oystercatcher

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American Oystercatcher

Haematopus palliatus
  • ORDER: Charadriiformes
  • FAMILY: Haematopodidae
Basic Description

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.

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Other Names
  • Ostrero Pío Americano (Spanish)
  • Huîtrier d'Amérique (French)
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