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Black Oystercatcher Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A large, heavyset shorebird with a very long, thick straight bill. The neck is heavy and the legs are long and thick.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Willet, smaller than a Long-billed Curlew.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 16.5-18.5 in (42-47 cm)
      • Weight: 17.6-24.7 oz (500-700 g)