Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater


The Blackish Oystercatcher is a large shorebird of rocky southern South American coasts. It is usually found feeding on molluscs around the waterline on wave-washed shores, and frequently gives high pitched, piping calls. The Blackish Oystercatcher is dark brown to black with flesh colored legs, a stout, red bill, and reddish skin around the eyes. Immatures have dull pinkish bills and are browner overall.

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© Maurice A. E. Rumboll

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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