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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani


The Black Oystercatcher is a stunning shorebird endemic to the Pacific Coast of North America.  The species breeds quite far north, and at the southern end of its distribution, makes it about halfway down the peninsula of Baja California in Mexico.  All blackish-brown with red bill, orange irides, and dull pink legs, this large species is often surprisingly hard to see along the dark, wet, rocky intertidal zone where it feeds on marine invertebrates, primarily molluscs; however, Black Oystercatchers often give their presence away by their strident wheeeeeee calls.  In Baja California, Mexico, the species is found alongside American Oystercatchers, which which it sometimes hybridizes.

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Calls from pair

© Gerrit Vyn

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

Recommended Citation

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