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Oystercatcher (Chatham Island)

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Haematopus chathamenis
Oystercatcher (Chatham Island)


They are found on New Zealand.


They live on sandy and rocky ocean shorelines.

Body Traits

They are black and white with a long, pointed, orange bill, orange eyes and feet. They are about 18 inches long.


They are wading birds. Introduced predators like weasels (stouts), possums and rats have brought the bird to the edge of extinction. They are extremely endangered.


They eat clams, oysters, worms and small ocean animals.

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They scrape a nest on the shore in rocky or sandy areas, sometimes in low bushes.

Oystercatcher (Chatham Island)


Domain:    Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Haematopodidae
Genus: Haematopus
Species: H. chathamensis

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