I really love Oystercatchers. I think it has something to do with their bright coloured beaks, eyes and eye rings.
Australian Pied Oystercatcher.
The Pied Oystercatcher is black
with a white breast and belly with bright orange-red
bill, eye-rings, a red eye and pink legs. Young birds are similar in appearance
to the adults, but lack the intense red-orange colours and are brown rather
than black. The Pied Oystercatcher is shy of humans and seldom allows close
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. It prefers mudflats, sandbanks and sandy ocean beaches and is less common along
rocky or shingle coastlines. (Info from Birds in Backyards)
Oystercatcher, which has all black plumage.
The Sooty Oystercatcher is a
striking black shorebird with a long orange-red bill, red eye and pink legs. Young
birds are duller and browner. It is often seen with the similar Pied
Oystercatcher and is only found in coastal areas.
The Sooty Oystercatcher is the
only all-black shorebird in Australia. It is
endemic to Australia and is widespread in coastal eastern, southern and western
The Sooty Oystercatcher is
strictly coastal, usually within 50 m of the ocean. It prefers rocky shores,
but will be seen on coral reefs or sandy beaches near mudflats. It breeds on
offshore islands and isolated rocky headlands. (Info from Birds in Backyards)
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