Scientific name: Haematopus ostralegus
Nature Stars: 40
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.
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