Length:       16.5 cm 

Wing Span: 23-28 cm 

Weight:       23-30 g 

Present:      All Year

OYSTERCATCHER

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Haematopus ostralegus

Overview: The oystercatcher is unmistakable in flight, with white patches in the wings and tail, otherwise black upperparts, and white under-parts. Red legs and strong broad red bills. The call is a distinctive loud piping.

Nesting:
The nest is a bare scrape on pebbles, on the coast or on inland gravelly islands. 2-4 eggs are laid. Both eggs and chicks are highly camouflaged.

Where to see them: Found along the shoreline where they can be found standing on the top of rocks. Also can be found in fields in Spring & Autumn

When to see them: All year round.

What they eat: Marine worms and molluscs such as mussels, earthworms. Despite its name, oysters do not form a large part of its diet, but few if any other wading birds are capable of opening oysters at all. 

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