Bird Families

Australian piebald oystercatcher, Haematopus longirostris, and Australian black oystercatcher, Haematopus fuliginosus (lat

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  • Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
  • † Canary Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus meadewaldoi)
  • African black oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini)
  • New Zealand piebald oystercatcher (Haematopus finschi)
  • Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)
  • American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
  • Australian piebald oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
  • Variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)
  • Haematopus chathamensis
  • Australian oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)
  • Dusky oystercatcher (Haematopus ater)
  • Magellanic oystercatcher (Haematopus leucopodus)

Oystercatchers (lat.Haematopodidae, Haematopus) is a family and genus of birds from the order Charadriiformes. Magpie sandpipers include 12 species, including one that became extinct in the 20th century. These are birds that inhabit coastal regions and feed mainly on molluscs, annelids and insects.

Appearance

Oystercatchers are large stocky birds roaming in shallow water. They have a remarkable plumage, colored black and white, black or brownish. Some species have white borders on the wings. Magpie waders do not have sexual dimorphism; males and females have the same plumage. The feet and beak of both sexes are red, orange or pink. The beak of all species is strong and long, adapted to smash mussels against stones and butcher crayfish. Some species have bright orange circles around the eyes.

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Oystercatchers are found all over the world on the seashore and are absent only in the polar regions. In the western Palaearctic, however, only one species is represented - the oystercatcher (H. ostralegus). On the eastern islands of the Canary archipelago, an endemic previously nested, which has been considered extinct since 1968.

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