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Blackish Oystercatcher

Haematopus ater

Description:

An all black oystercatcher found in Peru, Chile, Argentina and the Falklands. Can be difficult to spot as its plumage is surprisingly good at camouflaging the bird on a rocky shoreline. Will issue a piping warning call when it feels threatened. It is much less common than the more conspicuous Magellanic Oystercatcher (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/179...). Known locally as the black curlew (another wading bird of little relation!). Not to be confused with the Black Oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmani, that is found in western North America.

Habitat:

Found on rocky and shingle beaches and around tide pools. Very rarely found on sandy beaches.

Notes:

Only saw one of these in my whole time on the Falklands, and it was pretty shy. Spotted along the coast as I walked into Stanley from the harbour.

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2 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Lovely!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Beautiful!

LauraMaria
Spotted by
LauraMaria

Falkland Islands

Spotted on Jan 8, 2013
Submitted on Feb 19, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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