Order Charadriiformes

Family Haematopodidae

Oystercatchers
Only subscribers have complete access to the families of the HBW Alive. To make the most of all of HBW's features, discover our subscriptions now!
HBW Alive Plans & Pricing  Why subscribe

Vertical Tabs

General
  • Medium-sized shorebirds, with black or black and white plumage, pinkish legs and a long, dagger-like orange-red bill.
  • Cosmopolitan, but absent from polar regions and marginal in tropical parts of Africa and Asia.
  • Mainly coastal, but also inland in Palearctic and New Zealand.
  • 40-51 cm.
  • 1 genus, 9 species, 15 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    1 species probably extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Hockey, P., Sharpe, C.J. & Bonan, A. (2017). Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52238 on 23 July 2017).