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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
Photo by Andrew,Scotland
 


Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

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The oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird. In flight, it shows a wide white wing-stripe, a black tail, and a white rump that extends as a V between the wings. Breeds on almost all UK coasts though over the last 50 years, more birds have started breeding inland. Most UK birds spend the winter on the coast; where they are joined on the east coast by birds from Norway.
It feeds on a diet of Mussels and cockles on the coast; mainly worms inland.


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