Order Charadriiformes

Family Haematopodidae

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  • 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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52238 on 16 December 2019).