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Pied Oystercatcher

Pied Oystercatcher
Scanned image of medium format slide 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Unknown Photographer
 
Introduction:

The Pied Oystercatcher is found in coastal areas throughout the Australian continent except for areas of unbroken sea cliffs such as the Great Australian Bight.

Size:

48 - 51 cm long

Distribution:

Throughout Australia

Habitat:

Intertidal and occasionally rural.It prefers mudflats, sandbanks and sandy ocean beaches and is less common along rocky or shingle coastlines.

Feeding and Diet:

Oystercatchers feed on bivalve molluscs, which are prised apart with their specially adapted bills. Food is found by sight, or by probing their long, chisel-shaped bills in the mud. Young Pied Oystercatchers are one of the few waders that are fed by their parents using this specialised feeding technique. Worms, crustaceans and insects are also eaten.

Communication:

A whistled 'peepapeep' or 'pleep-pleep' when in flight.
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