March 2009 - Black Oystercatcher
 
Black Oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmanii
Black Oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmanii
The stunning Black Oystercatcher is a wading bird with some very recognizable features: long, bright red bill; yellow eyes which are outlined with red; and flesh coloured legs.
 
Black Oystercatchers
Black Oystercatchers are found on rocky islands and shores along the west coast of North America where it forages about feeding on shellfish and other marine species. Parents have to teach the young how to crack open the shells of mussels and similar creatures, so the young often stay with their parents for up to a year while they learn and practice.
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