Australian Pied

Common name
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Scientific name
Haematopus longirostris
Size – beak to tail
42 – 50 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
Coastal bays, offshore islands and intertidal mudflats.
The Australian Pied Oystercatcher is a larger wader that is a year-round resident on the Bluff. It has a striking red beak and legs, with white underparts and a black head and body.

The Pied Oystercatcher is shy of humans and does not like being approached. It nests on open beaches at high tide level, so it has suffered from the increased human activity on local beaches. They find their food by sight or by probing their long bills in the sand. They feed on marine worms, cockles and mussels. Bivalve molluscs are prised open with the long bill.