American Oystercatcher

Photo of the Week – March 4, 2015

Taken: June 04, 2010
The American Oystercatcher can be found along the Atlantic Coast from New England south to South Carolina.

American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher

This is an American Oystercatcher. There is only one species common in North America. It lives along the Atlantic coast from New England south to the Carolinas. It uses its knife-like bill to pry open shellfish such as mussels or to pry limpets from rocks.

This photo was taken at Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey, not far from the Barnegat Lighthouse.

Photograph © 2010 Jeff Richmond

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5 Responses to American Oystercatcher

  1. axelan says:

    Well Mr. Renaissance Man … you got me this time! I’d never heard of this bird before! Makes me wonder if there is/was such a bird gathering abalone on the west coast! That might be a bit problematic for a bird, but interesting to consider!


    • merlinjr01 says:

      Turns out, the oystercatcher is pretty much world wide in coastal regions except arctic regions. The American oyster catcher is supposed to be found on both Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Not sure about abalone being on their diet. And thanks for the comment.

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  3. He looks sort of spaced out, as though all that prizing and levering has left him with brain damage. Or maybe he never heard the one about avoiding the oysters with the open shells?

  4. merlinjr01 says:

    Funny! I know I have had a bad oyster or two along the way!

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