Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus Gould, 1845

It is a wading bird and commonly found around the coastline. It prefers rocky coastlines, but will occasionally live in estuaries. All of its feathers are black. It has a red eye, eye ring and bill, and pink legs. Immature birds have grey-brown legs, a bill tipped with brown, a browner cast to their plumage,and brown eyes. The bill, eyes and legs become red by the second year.

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What habitats does Haematopus fuliginosus live in?

Preferring rocky shores, the sooty oystercatcher

What is the distribution of Haematopus fuliginosus?

Endemic to Australia. It is common around the Tasmanian coastline and Bass Strait islands. However it is declared Rare in South Australia and Queensland, Near Threatened in Victoria and Endangered in New South Wales

How big does Haematopus fuliginosus grow?

42 to 52 cm long

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