Oyster Catcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
How Big Is the Oyster Catcher ?
Aprox 43 cm weighing 600 g
What Do Oyster Catchers look Like ?
Large stocky shore bird with red legs and otamnge red bill . Upperparts black, underparts white . Eyes are Red. In the winter plumage it will have awhite band to the sides of neck. Sexes similar. In flight it exhibits a white wing bar, with a white tail with a broad black terminal tail band . A sociable bird.
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Where does it live?
Coasts and beeches of all kinds including inland waters.
When Do They Breed ?
April to July , 3 Eggs , Incubation 22 - 34 days , Young fledging in 28 - 30 Days. Colonial breeder nesting on the ground.
Where to see it
What does it eat?
Mussels,crustaceans, snails , lugworm.
What does it sound like?
Piercing " kliep kliep " when threatened " gleea gleea"
When to see it
All year round.