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Blackish Oystercatcher - BirdForum Opus

Haematopus ater
Photo by Marc Guyt
Paracas, Peru, July 1999


  • Dark, brownish-black back
  • Yellow eye
  • Red eye-ring
  • Pinkish-white legs

Similar Species

Similar to the Black Oystercatcher of the Northern Pacific coast.


Breeds from northern Peru to Tierra del Fuego and Falkland Islands; winters to Uruguay.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Rocky shores.



The main diet consists of shellfish.


It nests on the ground or on rocks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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