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Magellanic Oystercatcher

Haematopus leucopodus


Very similar to the common pied oystercatcher found in Europe, but its range covers Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands. They are very aggressive when nesting, and will even give chase to humans that come too close to their young. Fairly common.


Usually found along estuaries, sandy shores and lakes. They were quite common along the coast around Stanley.


To me, they seemed larger than the oystercatchers that frequent the estuary near my home in the UK, but they're actually about the same length. I think they look bulkier than the European one. I spotted these while walking into Stanley from the harbour.

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Awesome! I love the red beak!

arlanda 7 years ago

very good spotting

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Super spotting.

Atul 7 years ago

Cool !! welcome back Laura :)

Elsa 7 years ago

Nice Laura! Agree, they look bulkier. Maybe it's the chunky legs that do it?

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Falkland Islands

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

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