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Canary Islands Oystercatcher - BirdForum Opus

Skull t.png The species Canary Islands Oystercatcher is extinct.
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Haematopus meadewaldoi

Alternative name: Canarian Oystercatcher


43 cm, all black with red eye and orange eye-ring and bill. Looks likeH. moquini but has shorter wings and longer bill.


Canary Islands - Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Graciosa.


Status: almost certainly extinct, last record in 1913 altough there was a record of 2 birds in 1965.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Rocky shores.



The single egg was laid in a scrape on the beach. It was a dull brownish grey with black, dark brown, and dark purplish splotches. Incubation took about 30 days with the young fledging about 35 days later.


The diet included invertebrates.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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