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Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus

Description:

The Sooty Oystercatcher is a striking black shorebird with a long red bill, red eye and pink legs. Young birds are duller and browner. It is often seen with the similar Pied Oystercatcher and is only found in coastal areas.

Habitat:

The Sooty Oystercatcher is strictly coastal, usually within 50 m of the ocean. It prefers rocky shores, but will be seen on coral reefs or sandy beaches near mudflats. It breeds on offshore islands and isolated rocky headlands. Seasonal movements: Mostly resident and territorial, moving to islands to breed. In Tasmania, overwinters in non-breeding areas.

Notes:

Feeding The Sooty Oystercatcher feeds on molluscs, crabs and other crustaceans, marine worms, starfish and sea urchins, and small fish. It uses its long bill to stab at prey or to lever, prise or hammer open food items. It drinks seawater.

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BrendanNicholls
Spotted by
BrendanNicholls

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -38.29, Long: 144.50

Spotted on Jun 30, 2014
Submitted on Jun 30, 2014

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