The oystercatcher occurs in estuaries, on rocky, sandy and muddy shores, as well as along the banks of rivers, lakes and gravel pits.

Wild Diet

Diet consists of bivalves, crustaceans, gastropods, earthworms and insect larvae.


The species breeds on coastal saltmarshes, sand and shingle beaches, dunes, cliff-tops with short grass and occasionally rocky shores as well as inland along the shores of lakes, reservoirs and rivers or on agricultural grass and cereal fields, often some distance from water. Outside of the breeding season the species is chiefly coastal, frequenting estuarine mudflats, saltmarshes and sandy and rocky shores.


During mid-April between two and four eggs are laid. Both sexes share the duty of incubation, which takes 24 to 27 days. The young are very well camouflaged, and they leave the nest after about a day. Both the male and the female care for the young until they become independent at between 34 and 37 days.


Overfishing, pollution and loss of habitat.


The oystercatcher is classified as Least Concern



  • Latin Name: Haematopus ostralegus
  • Class: Birds
  • Conservation Status: Near Threatened
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