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About the Sooty Oystercatcher

Also known as: Black Oystercatcher

The Sooty Oystercatcher is a species of wader native to Australia. This species can be found all around the coastline of Australia. Of all the oystercatcher species, the Sooty is the heaviest bird.

Sooty Oystercatchers feed on marine animals including crustaceans, whelks, and even stranded fish. They use a variety of methods, like probing, stabbing, or smashing, to extract food from prey items.

The population trend for the Sooty Oystercatcher is stable, and the conservation status is Least Concern as of March 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 March 2014
Scientific Name Haematopus fuliginosus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Haematopodidae
  • Haematopus
  • H. fuliginosus
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 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18.1 to 20.5 inches
19.4 to 34.6 ounces

International Names

  • 澳洲黑蛎鹬 (Chinese)
  • ústřičník australský (Czech)
  • Sodfarvet Strandskade (Danish)
  • Australische Zwarte Scholekster (Dutch)
  • sysimeriharakka (Finnish)
  • Huîtrier fuligineux (French)
  • Rußausternfischer (German)
  • Beccaccia di mare fuligginosa (Italian)
  • オアストラリアミヤコドリ [o-sutorariakuromiyakodori] (Japanese)
  • Sottjeld (Norwegian)
  • ostrygojad australijski (Polish)
  • Австралийский кулик-сорока (Russian)
  • Ostrero Negro Australiano (Spanish)
  • Sotstrandskata (Swedish)