23 October, 2009

Variable Oystercatcher

Scientific Name: Haematopus unicolor

Population Estimate: 4,000 individuals

Range / Habitat: Endemic to New Zealand where found on the coasts of both islands.

Field Notes: Has three phases: pied, black and intermediate. Black phase, as above, most common south of Taranaki. Pied phase different from South Island Oystercatcher in that breast demarcation is more smudged and there is no white shoulder patch.

Personal Notes: In our experience, the Variable Oystercatcher is more solitary while the South Island Oystercatcher flocks. Maori name Torea.

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