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About the Black Oystercatcher

Also known as: American Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatchers are large-sized shorebirds that are found on the west coast of North America. They are all black, with bright orange-red bills and orange-pink legs.

Black Oystercatchers feed on marine invertebrates like mussels and limpets. They will also feed on larger prey like crabs. In other words, they don't necessarily specialize in just oysters!

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 January 2012
Scientific Name Haematopus bachmani
  • Charadriiformes
  • Haematopodidae
  • Haematopus
  • H. bachmani
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 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
17.5 inches
32 inches
23 ounces
Range North America United States (West)

International Names

  • ústřičník západní (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Sort Strandskade (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Zwarte Scholekster (Dutch)
  • alaskanmeriharakka (Finnish)
  • Huîtrier de Bachman (French)
  • Klippenausternfischer (German)
  • Beccaccia di mare nera del Nordamerica (Italian)
  • クロミヤコドリ (kuromiyakodori) (Japanese)
  • Amerikasvarttjeld (Norwegian)
  • ostrygojad czarny (Polish)
  • Чёрный кулик-сорока (Russian)
  • Ostrero Negro Norteamericano (Spanish)
  • Klippstrandskata (Swedish)

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