Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Information for Pied oystercatcher - Haematopus longirostris

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Pied oystercatcher
Haematopus longirostris

A commonly seen wading bird along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Pied oystercatcher - Haematopus longirostris at the mouth of the Mossman River, Newell Beach - Photo by Alex Pawlow

The common name is misleading as they rarely eat oysters, but mainly feed on bivalve moluscs. There bill is specially adapted to be able to pry the shell open.

These are a distinctive black and white bird, and are easily identified by their long orange bill, orange legs, and red eye.