There are two types of the native species of oystercatchers found in North America. The American Oystercatcher has the largest range, found along the Atlantic coast of the USA, through the Gulf of Mexico and along the extreme southern coast of California into Mexico. The Black Oystercatcher is seen from Alaska, throughout the Canadian coastlines and down into California along the Pacific Ocean. There have been sightings of the European Oystercatcher, a vagrant species seen along the northern and central coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean of the continent on rare occaisons.
Oystercatchers are sturdy looking shorebirds, both species having similarities, such as their large reddish-orange bills, yellow eyes, circled by large red rings and yellow legs. These loud calling birds can be seen searching through the weed beds, that grow on the shoreline rocks, for their food.
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|Pictures of Oystercatchers of North America|