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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Oystercatcher

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Haematopodidae

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The family of oystercatchers is found in temperate and tropical waters from Iceland and the Aleutian Islands to Cape Horn and Tasmania. The body length of the medium-sized birds is 32 cm to 45 cm. The legs are long and strong, the feet have small webs. The beak is long, strong and compressed at the sides. Their diet consists of mussels, crabs, worms and insects, but oysters are not the main ingredient. Outside of the breeding season, they are sociable and then gather in large flocks that can reach a few thousand. The chicks who flee the nest are looked after by both parents until they have fledged after five weeks.


     ostralegus - Eurasian Oystercatcher (12)
     longirostris - Pied Oystercatcher (5)
     finschi - South Island Oystercatcher (1)
     chathamensis - Chatham Island Oystercatcher (1)
     unicolor - Variable Oystercatcher (3)
     fuliginosus - Sooty Oystercatcher (3)
     palliatus - American Oystercatcher (7)
     moquini - African Oystercatcher (11)
     meadewaldoi - Canary Islands Oystercatcher (4)
     ater - Blackish Oystercatcher (1)
     leucopodus - Magellanic Oystercatcher (4)
     bachmani - Black Oystercatcher (4)

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