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American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Haematopodidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Large and chunky shorebird with a bright red bill and yellow eye.


Chunky shorebird. Juveniles are duller than adults with a dark-tipped bill.


In flight, note white wing and tail stripe. Flying birds often give piercing calls.


Conspicuous shorebird with a bright red bill and yellow eye.


Courting birds walk side by side giving single piping notes with their outstretched necks bobbing up and down.


Nests on the ground on sand dunes, marsh islands, or oyster shell mounds.


Found in coastal habitats including sand or shell beaches, dunes, saltmarsh, marsh islands, mudflats, and dredge spoil islands made of sand or gravel.

Recommended Citation

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: