Sooty Oystercatcher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 29 March 2014
Scientific Name
Haematopus fuliginosus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Haematopodidae
  • Haematopus
  • H. fuliginosus
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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
18.1 to 20.5 inches
19.4 to 34.6 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 澳洲黑蛎鹬
Czech (Cesky) ústřičník australský
Danish (Dansk) Sodfarvet Strandskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Australische Zwarte Scholekster
Finnish (Suomi) sysimeriharakka
French (Français) Huîtrier fuligineux
German (Deutsch) Rußausternfischer
Italian (Italiano) Beccaccia di mare fuligginosa
Japanese (日本語) オアストラリアミヤコドリ [o-sutorariakuromiyakodori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Sottjeld
Polish (Polski) ostrygojad australijski
Russian (русский язык) Австралийский кулик-сорока
Spanish (Español) Ostrero Negro Australiano
Swedish (Svenska) Sotstrandskata
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