Search the entire site   www.birddiary.co.uk
Back to the home page Log in for full access to the site View diary entries Bird A to Z Search the site  

(Eurasian) Oystercatcher
Haematopus ostralegus
Size: 39-45cm
UK Status: resident and fairly common migrant breader

Photo ©


Click for a larger image

Photo ©

Photographer's Website

Quite large and rounded wader, unmistakeable black upperparts and white underparts contrasting with long straight red-orange bill. Also distincitve red eye with orange ring around. Conspicuous white wing bar visible in flight. Winter plumage shows thin white 'chinstrap'. Found mostly in watery coastal areas, eg mudflats and estuaries, occasionally spreading further inland. Resident around UK, increasing numbers in winter with birds migrating from northern Europe.

[Back to Diary Entry]

Sighting Search  TRY ME 
Find out where a particular bird was last spotted.

Discussion Board
Discuss birding issues with other users of the site.

Contact Us
Send us your comments and suggestions.

View All Entries
See a list of all diary entries to date.

Home | Diary | Sighting Search | Bird A-Z | Contact BirdDiary
Send us your questions and suggestions
© 2018 BirdDiary.co.uk