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Eurasian Oystercatcher | Haematopus ostralegus

The Eurasian Oystercatcher is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Haematopodidae bird family group which includes birds such as Oystercatchers.

The description for the Eurasian Oystercatcher (Latin name Haematopus ostralegus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Haematopus ostralegus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 243 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 389. You will find a picture of the Eurasian Oystercatcher on page 385.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Eurasian Oystercatcher between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Eurasian Oystercatcher has a height of 46 cms and weighs around 520 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured red. The Haematopus ostralegus has a black coloured throat, pink legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are red.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are red

Bill is red

Legs are pink

Throat is black

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Eurasian Oystercatcher bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Eurasian Oystercatcher is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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