Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Oystercatcher’s are a large, unmistakeable wader. Their plumage is black and white, with a bright red-orange bill and a red eye. They have a distinctive piping call whilst in flight.

Common throughout the UK during all seasons. Largely found on the coast but more birds spreading inland. Birds from Iceland and Scandinavia will migrate to Britain for the winter to join our native birds.

Oystercatcher’s breed on shingle beaches, saltmarshes and rocky shores. During the winter they can be seen along the coast, particularly on large estuaries.

Flight call is a loud shrill peep or k-peep.

Interesting Fact: Although being called Oystercatchers, their diet is actually extremely varied including earthworms, limpets, fish, crabs and the occasional oyster.

Oystercatcher is on the Amber List for Birds of Conservation Concern.

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

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