We recently added two new species of oystercatcher to Birdorable: the Black Oystercatcher and the Eurasian Oystercatcher. These join our updated American Oystercatcher. Oystercatchers are a fascinating family of conspicuous, large shorebirds, boasting several intriguing characteristics and a wide range of species. Here are some captivating... Read more »
The Eurasian Oystercatcher is a large species of shorebird that lives across parts Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are also known as Pied Oystercatchers or simply Oystercatcher.
Eurasian Oystercatchers are unusually conspicuous for shorebirds, with a highly contrasting black-and-white plumage accompanied by bright red-orange legs and bills. Unlike most other species of Oystercatcher, Eurasian Oystercatchers will breed far inland; other species are more likely to be found exclusively by water.
Eurasian Oystercatchers feed on a variety of prey, including molluscs, invertebrates, and worms. They don't necessariy feed on just oysters!