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Pied Oystercatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by jimmclean
Great Barrier Reef, Australia, June 2004
Photo © by Ken Doy
Wellington Point, Brisbane, Queensland Australia, August 2017
Haematopus longirostris


48–51 cm (19-20 in)

  • Black and white plumage
  • Long orange-red beak (5–8 cm)
  • Orange eyering
  • Red eye
  • Pink legs
  • White wing-stripe

Sexes similar but males have a shorter, wider beak, white breast and belly.

Similar Species

Photo © by peterday
Maria Island, Tasmania Australia, November 2021

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Coasts and islands of Australasia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Sandy coastlines, mudflats, sandbanks, salt marshes, sand dunes and pastures.



They feed almost entirely on bivalve molluscs and other invertebrates


Generally monogamous. Their nests are shallow scrapes. The clutch consists of 2-3 pale brown eggs with darker brown and black blotches and streaks. Both sexes share parenting duties.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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