Black Oystercatcher Life History


Habitat ShorelinesRocky seacoasts and islands, less commonly sandy beaches.Back to top


Food Aquatic invertebratesMolluscs, especially mussels and limpetsBack to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:1-4 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Downy and active, able to leave nest as soon as down dries.
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Behavior ProbingBack to top


Conservation Restricted RangeThough widespread, Black Oystercatcher is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action.Back to top


Andres, Brad A. and Gary A. Falxa. (1995). Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. (2014). The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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