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  • Anthus rubescens
  • Wagtails & Pipits
American Kestrel

About the American Oystercatcher

Also known as: American Pied Oystercatcher

The American Oystercatcher is uniquely marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak. They use their large and heavy beak to pry open molluscs.

The American Oystercatcher is found on the Atlantic coast of North America from New England to northern Florida, where it is also found on the Gulf coast.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 July 2007
Scientific Name Haematopus palliatus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Haematopodidae
  • Haematopus
  • . palliatus
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
16.5 to 20.5 inches
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Piru-piru (Brazilian)
  • 美洲蛎鹬 (Chinese)
  • ústricník západní (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Sort Strandskade (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Zwarte Scholekster (Dutch)
  • Alaskanmeriharakka (Finnish)
  • Huîtrier d'Amérique (French)
  • Klippenausternfischer (German)
  • Beccaccia di mare nera del Nordamerica (Italian)
  • クロミヤコドリ (Kuromiyakodori) (Japanese)
  • Amerikatjeld (Norwegian)
  • Ostrygojad Brunatny (Polish)
  • Американский кулик-сорока (Russian)
  • Ostrero Negro Norteamericano (Spanish)
  • Klippstrandskata (Swedish)

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