|American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
|The American Oystercatcher is found from the USA to Chile and Argentina. Unlike Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus it is strictly coastal.|
|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.
|Photo 6 shows a juvenile bird with darker bill and duller eyes and legs.|