American Oystercatcher

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Basic Description:

The American Oystercatcher is a distinctive bird with black and white plumage, long orange-red bill, pink legs, and yellow eyes with red eye rings. It measures about 17-21 inches in length and has a wingspan of around 35-43 inches. The male and female birds look similar in size and coloration. They are noisy birds that make loud piping calls.

Where To Find This Bird:

American Oystercatchers are found along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida during their breeding season, which lasts from April to August. During winter months they migrate southward down to southern North America, Central America or northern South America.

Habitat:

These large shorebirds inhabit sandy beaches, rocky shores or coastal marshes where they breed and feed on marine life such as mollusks (oysters), crabs or worms. They require undisturbed habitat for nesting sites but can adapt to human disturbance better than other beach-nesting species.

Food:

The American Oystercatcher’s diet consists mainly of bivalve mollusks such as oysters or clams which they open by stabbing their sharp bills into them repeatedly until they break apart. These birds also eat other types of shellfish like mussels or snails when available.

Cool Facts:

1) The American Oystercatcher is protected under federal law due to its declining population caused by habitat loss from coastal development.
2) In some areas where this bird occurs year-round like Florida Bay National Park, it has been observed using tools (hard objects such as shells) to loosen up stubborn prey items.
3) Male oystercatchers perform displays including wing flapping, head-bobbing or stone tossing as part of their courtship behavior.
4) They have a symbiotic relationship with the black skimmer bird in which they nest close to each other for mutual protection from predators.