French: Huîtrier de Moquin German: Schwarzer Austernfischer Spanish: Ostrero negro africano
Other common names:
African Black Oystercatcher
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
N Namibia S to Cape of Good Hope and E to KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, and N to S Angola, but in latter apparently only as a regular non-breeding visitor#R.
42–45 cm; male 582–757 g, female 646–800 g. All-dark oystercatcher with red eye, orange-red eyering and bill, and deep pinkish-red legs. Generally, black... read more
Considered very similar to that of H. ostralegus, but most calls rather flatter in tone,... read more
Typically occurs on rocky and sandy shores, less frequent in estuaries and coastal lagoons.... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes limpets, mussels and other bivalves, polychaetes, whelks and crustaceans (total of 30 species of gastropods recorded), with... read more
Lays Sept–Apr, mostly Dec–Feb; breeds slightly later in Namibia than in South Africa, but start date in any given year/locality... read more
Adults sedentary, although some undertake small-scale seasonal movements (of up to 15 km) and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon, with total population of 6670 birds in early 2000s, roughly equivalent to 4450 mature individuals, but apparently now... read more
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