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Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus moquini


The African Black Oystercatcher is a large and noisy plover-like bird, with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill used for smashing or prying open molluscs such as mussels, or for finding earthworms.


A large wader which is a resident breeder on the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa.


This oystercatcher has a population of less than 5,000 adults

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1 Comment

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Hi Clara,
Could you add this African Oystercatcher to the Endangered Species of the World mission?

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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Jun 27, 2011
Submitted on Jun 27, 2011

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