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American Oystercatcher

Huîtrier d'Amérique

Haematopus palliatus

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the American Oystercatcher

B L W W W Family Latin Name
17.5" 44.4cm 32" 81.3cm 1.4lb 635g Haematopodidae Haematopus palliatus

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
American Oystercatcher

Distribution: The American Oystercatcher is a large shorebird seen mostly on the Atlantic and Mexican coastlines. This oystercatcher has a similar appearance to the European Oystercatcher, which is a rare vagrant to North America. It can be seen from the Maine coastline south to the tip of Florida. Also seen west along the Gulf of Mexico to the southern tip of Mexico and along the Pacific Mexican coastline to California.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds