Oystercatcher

Name: Oystercatcher

Scientific name: Haematopus ostralegus

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A common wader, 40cm long, black and white with a long red bill and pinky red legs. Oystercatchers are very noisy, with a loud peep-ing call. On the coast, they specialise in eating shellfish, particularly cockles and muscles with they either prise open or hammer open with their strong, flattened bills!

How to identify: Unmistakeable: black and white with a long, red bill and pinky-red legs.

Where: Widespread around the coast, also nest inland on gravel pits and large rivers.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 50
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 70

Fantastic fact: There are twelve species of oystercatcher in the world, all of which look very similar, being either black and white or plain black, with a red bill and pinky legs.

Photograph credit: tbc


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