Black Oystercatcher

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!

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 January 2012
Scientific Name
Haematopus bachmani
  • Charadriiformes
  • Haematopodidae
  • Haematopus
  • H. bachmani
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 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
17.5 inches
32 inches
23 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) ústřičník západní
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Sort Strandskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Zwarte Scholekster
Finnish (Suomi) alaskanmeriharakka
French (Français) Huîtrier de Bachman
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) Amerikasvarttjeld
Polish (Polski) ostrygojad czarny
Russian (русский язык) Чёрный кулик-сорока
Spanish (Español) Ostrero Negro Norteamericano
Swedish (Svenska) Klippstrandskata
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