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.