American Oystercatcher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 July 2007
Scientific Name
Haematopus palliatus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Haematopodidae
  • Haematopus
  • . palliatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
16.5 to 20.5 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Piru-piru
Chinese (汉语) 美洲蛎鹬
Czech (Cesky) ústricník západní
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Sort Strandskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Zwarte Scholekster
Finnish (Suomi) Alaskanmeriharakka
French (Français) Huîtrier d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Klippenausternfischer
Italian (Italiano) Beccaccia di mare nera del Nordamerica
Japanese (日本語) クロミヤコドリ (Kuromiyakodori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Amerikatjeld
Polish (Polski) Ostrygojad Brunatny
Russian (русский язык) Американский кулик-сорока
Spanish (Español) Ostrero Negro Norteamericano
Swedish (Svenska) Klippstrandskata
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