Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher is a name given to 11 species of large shorebirds of the family Haematopodidae.

Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) on the beach. Photo taken on: July 1, 2012. 25537768 \u00a9 Mircea Costina | Dreamstime.com
Oystercatcher Distribution

Oystercatcher is a name given to 11 species of large shorebirds of the family Haematopodidae. Oystercatchers are either black and white or entirely black. Their orange-red bills are elongated and compressed from side to side, allowing the birds to chisel open clams and other molluscs.

Two species occur in North America: American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) breed from Long Island south to Mexico (they are occasional visitors to Canada); black oystercatchers (H. bachmani) breed from the Aleutians south to Baja California (Mexico), where they hybridize with the American oystercatcher.