American Oystercatcher

Haematopus palliatus

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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.

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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