French: Huîtrier de Garnot German: Magellanausternfischer Spanish: Ostrero magallánico
SC Chile (Chiloé I) and SC Argentina (Chubut) S to Cape Horn; Falkland Is. Breeders move to the coast in winter.
42–46 cm; male 585–610 g, female 585–700 g. Unique amongst oystercatchers in having almost entirely white secondaries (extending just onto innermost... read more
Typical of oystercatchers, the display call is a repeated and piping “pee-pee”, while... read more
Occurs on beaches, inland and upland grasslands and the margins of freshwater pools. Recorded... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on mussels, limpets and crabs on rocky shores, marine polychaetes on coastal soft substrates. At inland sites eats mainly earthworms... read more
Laying starts in Oct–Nov in Tierra del Fuego and main laying season is late Sept to late Oct (overall mid Sept–mid Dec) in the... read more
Seasonal movement from inland breeding grounds to the coast. Breeders from extreme S of range move... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally reckoned to be common to abundant, especially in southern parts of range. Estimated population in the Falklands in 1980s... read more
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