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American Oystercatcher

Haematopus palliatus


Large, boldly patterned bird, the American Oystercatcher is conspicuous along ocean shores and salt marshes. True to its name, it is specialized in feeding on bivalves (oysters, clams, and mussels) and uses its brightly colored bill to get at them.


Coastal habitats including sand or shell beaches, dunes, saltmarsh, marsh islands, mudflats, etc.

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Thank you Ava and Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

very nice shot!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Lovely capture.

Thank you Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago


Hampton Bays, New York, USA

Lat: 40.86, Long: -72.52

Spotted on May 23, 2012
Submitted on May 23, 2012

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