Haematopus palliatus


Common Names: American oystercatcher, American pied oystercatcher
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Oystercatchers


The bird is marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak. This shorebird is approximately 19 inches in length. The large, heavy beak is used to pry open bivalve molluscs.

Oystercatchers are closely tied to coastal habitats. They nest on beaches on coastal islands and feed on marine invertebrates.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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