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South Island Oystercatcher - BirdForum Opus

Haematopus finschi
Photo by janha
Photo taken: Haast, New Zealand


46cm. Black head and upper surfaces, and a white belly and a white Y pattern between the chest and the folded wing, long red-orange bill and red legs.


Breeds in highlands of South Island (New Zealand); winters to North Island.


Photo by Peter Ericsson
Photo taken: Abel Tasman, New Zealand



Rivers, open paddocks and cultivated land, lake beaches, coastal estuaries, bays, beaches, sandflats and intertidal mudflats.


The diet includes molluscs and worms.

It nests in sand scrapes on farmland or gravel banks. 2 - 3, brown eggs, blotched dark and pale brown, are laid and incubated for 24-28 days, by both sexes. The young fledge 6 weeks after hatching.

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