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Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)

BTO 2

OC

BTO 5

OYSTE

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Oystercatcher is resident in most coastal areas. It has an "Amber" status because it is considered Vulnerable in Europe and Near Threatened globally.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Oystercatcher: Stocky, pigeon-sized shorebird with long, straight, red bill. Black head, breast, and wings. Underparts, rump, and lower back white. Wings have prominent white stripe, white tail has black tip. Red-pink legs and red eye with orange eye ring. Bill flattened vertically.


Range and Habitat

Oystercatcher: Resident breeder and winter visitor in the UK and Ireland. Resident birds can be seen year round along coastlines. During winter months birds from Norway join residents along the east coasts of England and Scotland. Birds can be found at beaches, mudflats, lakes and ponds, and on estuaries. Increasingly seen inland.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Oystercatcher 3

  • Title: Oystercatcher 3
  • Description: Flight calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Oystercatcher 4

  • Title: Oystercatcher 4
  • Description: Alarm calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Oystercatcher 5

  • Title: Oystercatcher 5
  • Description: Typical calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"kleep", "klee-eap", "weep", "ke-beep ke-beep ke-beep kwirrrrrr ee-beep ee-beep ee-beep", "kip", "pik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Oystercatcher is the national bird of the Faroe Islands, where it is called tjaldur.
  • Despite its name, oysters do not form a significant portion of this bird's diet. The bird still lives up to its name, as it is one of the few wading birds that is capable of opening oysters at all.
  • There are three races breeding in western Europe, central Eurasia, Kamchatka, China, and the Western coast of Korea.
  • A group of oystercatchers are known as a "parcel" or "stew" of oystercatchers.

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