PORT PHILLIP BAY


Pied Oystercatcher 

Haematopus longirostris

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Haematopodidae
Genus:
Haematopus
Species:
longirostris

General Description

Body black with white underparts extending to the sides of the breast. Legs pink, bill red-orange. Red ring around eye. Body up to 52 cm long.

Biology

Pied Oystercatchers breed in pairs, but forms flocks in the non-breeding season, January-August.

Habitat

Coastal bays, offshore islands and intertidal mudflats.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Oystercatchers

Max Size

52 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Pied Oystercatcher, Haematopus longirostris, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7940

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