Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus bachmani

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  • Black Oystercatcher |  Photo: Kaitlin Thoresen, NPS
  • Black Oystercatcher |  Photo: Kaitlin Thoresen, NPS
  • Black Oystercatcher |  Photo: Kaitlin Thoresen, NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Charadriiformes

Family

Haematopodidae

Size

Black Oystercatchers are generally between 16.25 and 18.75 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 15 years

Weight

Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) facts, habitat, range, pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the shorebird.

Diet

insects, Mussels, Small Crustaceans

Behavior

Probing

Range

Pacific Coast - Alaska

Nest Placement

Ground

Number of Offspring

2–4 Eggs

Egg Description

Buff Olive

Condition at Hatching

Active, down covered

Social Status

Pairs, Flocks

Wingspan

27.25–36.25 in

Observation Tips

Head to Kenai Fjords National Park for a great chance at seeing this beautiful sea bird in the wild.

What does the Black Oystercatcher look like?

Black Oystercatchers are large black shorebirds. They have a long red bill, muted pink legs, and bright yellow eyes. Juveniles look like adults.

Black Oystercatcher Habitat

Shorelines

Black Oystercatcher Facts

Black Oystercatchers are large and loud shorebirds of the Pacific Coast. Colonies of birds whistling noisy "wheeps" easily let hikers know their presence nearby well before spotting them. They favor rocky coastlines over pristine beaches. Birds in the southern portion of their range have lighter plumage than their northern cousins.

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