|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. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.|
|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
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.|
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