American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
American Oystercatcher, Paratí, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2002 - click for larger image The American Oystercatcher is found from the USA to Chile and Argentina. Unlike Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus it is strictly coastal.
American Oystercatcher, Caulin, Chiloe, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image The wings and back are dark brown which contrasts with the black head and neck. In flight, the wing-bars are shorter than the Eurasian Oystercatcher and there is no white inverted V up the back.

It feeds on a variety of molluscs and crabs and uses a variety of techniques such as hammering, tabbing, probing and prising to open up its prey.

American Oystercatcher, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image Photo 6 shows a juvenile bird with darker bill and duller eyes and legs.

There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 3, Pages 316, 319 and 320; and Shorebirds, Plate 6.

American Oystercatcher, Cassino, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
American Oystercatcher, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image
Juvenile American Oystercatcher, mouth of Lluta River, Arica, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image
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