- Large shorebird
- Bright orange, long, thick bill
- Head and breast black
- Dark gray back and wings
- White belly
- Large white patch on inner wing
- White uppertail coverts and dark tail
- Pink legs
- Yellow eye
- Orange orbital ring
Habitat: Spoil islands in estuaries and Atlantic Intracoastal
Waterway. Shell bars, coastal beaches, mudflats and salt marshes. They nest on open beach above the tide line.
- Eye dark and orbital ring not conspicuous
- Dark end of bill
- Upperparts faintly fringed with buff
Diet: They feed mostly on oysters, clams and other bivalves and use their bills as"hammers" to prey open the shells.
Similar species: The striking black and white plumage, large size, and bright orange bill make this bird quite unlike any other.
Image by permission of Dr. Daniel Sudia for educational purposes.
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