Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus bachmani

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)

Code 4

BLOY

Code 6

HAEBAC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black Oystercatcher is a resident species of coastal habitats in Alaska, western Canada, the United States, and northwestern Mexico. This bird has a fairly large range, covering up to 260,000 square kilometers. It is believed that the population of this bird is nearing 11,000 individual birds and that at the current time the population of the Black Oystercatcher is stable and is not in danger of decreasing. Currently, the Black Oystercatcher is rated as Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Black Oystercatcher: Large stocky brown-black shorebird with long,bright orange bill and glaring yellow eyes with contrasting orange eyering. The legs and feet are pink. Feeds primarily on limpets and other shellfish, also eats mussels and marine worms. Rapid direct flight with shallow wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Black Oystercatcher: Are residents, from the Western Aleutians to east and south along the coast to Morro Bay, California, and on offshore islands to Baja California. Found on the rocky coasts, and sometimes on sandy beaches. More widespread in the fall and winter. Spend their entire lives in or near intertidal habitats.

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Black Oystercatcher SONGS AND CALLS

Black Oystercatcher C1

Calls given in flight by a pair.

Black Oystercatcher C2

Call is a piercing, whistled "whee" or "kee".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • Although they don’t swim, chicks will sometimes dive under water to avoid predators.
  • Migrating only short distances or not at all, they are permanent residents of their breeding range.
  • The Black Oystercatcher can live for more that 15 years.
  • A group of oystercatchers are collectively known as a "parcel" of oystercatchers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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