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Oystercatcher
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Oystercatcher

Oystercatchers

Western Black Oystercatcher
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Haematopodidae
Genus
Haematopus
The Oystercatchers are a group of waders in the family Haematopodidae. They are large obvious and noisy plover-like birds, with strong flattened bills used for smashing or prising open molluscs.

They are found on coasts worldwide apart from the polar regions. They are all-black, black and white or brown and white in appearance.

Their eggs are laid in a shallow scrape on shingle.


Common Pied Oystercatcher