American Oystercatcher

Haematopus palliatus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)

Code 4

AMOY

Code 6

HAEPAL

ITIS

HEAD

American Oystercatcher Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Needle
  • Eye Color: Lemon yellow but darkens with age.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Eyering
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: Black
  • Throat Color: Black
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

American Oystercatcher Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 43-53 cm (17-21 in)
  • Weight: 635 g (22.4 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Black, Gray
  • Underparts: White
  • Upperparts: Dark Brown
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

American Oystercatcher Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Direct flight with rapid wing beats low over water.
  • Wingspan Range: 81 cm (32 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Brown with white band.
  • Upper Tail: Brown
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Pink
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Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X