An incredibly distinctive wading bird, the Oystercatcher has a long and thin red/orange bill, a white breast and black back. Due to their diet they are often left vulnerable in areas that have a depleted mussel or oyster bed.


The Oystercatcher is primarily found on the coast of most European waters. They are also found inland in Britain, primarily near bodies of water.


Their diets primarily consist of crustaceans, starfish, and shellfish such as mussels and cockles, however, when found inland they feed on small invertebrates like worms.

Predators & Threats

Large birds are the primary predators of this species this includes hawks and eagles. Raccoons and skunks prey on the eggs of oystercatchers.


  • There are 12 different species of oystercatcher.
  • Whilst this species isn’t known for it, some pairs within different species have been known to mate for several years.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
 Upto 50 cm
 12 years

Best Time to Look

All year round

Where to find Oystercatcher