|Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris
|Southport, Tasmania, Australia
The Pied Oystercatcher is distributed around the coasts of Australia including Tasmania. It breeds on salt marshes, beaches and pastures and, in the non-breeding season, it is found on mudflats and sandy beaches.
|It is black with a white belly and rump, a straight, scarlet bill, red eyes and pinky-red legs. In flight it shows a short, angled wing-bar and white rump. It is superficially similar to the European Oystercatcher H. ostralegus but the latter has more extensive white on the back forming a sharp "V" between the scapulars and longer and broader wing-bars.|