Eurasian Oystercatcher

Eurasian OystercatcherEurasian Oystercatcher - Martin Batt

Where and when to see: Common sight year round, particularly at Braye and Clonque Bays from April to November

Latin name: Haematopus ostralegus

The Oystercatcher has a white underside and black wings. It has a black edge to the tail and white bars along its wings in flight. It stands at 39-44cm long and has a wingspan of 72-83cm. The red beak is 6-9cm long. Juvenile Oystercatchers will learn to either feed on molluscs by prising them apart or will dig for worms depending on which technique their parents teach them. They are territorial nesters but can be seen in large roosts on the shoreline in autumn and winter.

Status in Alderney: Common Breeder

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Amber

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Least Concern; Decreasing