Eurasian Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

(H. o. longipes, H. o. ostralegus)

Armenian Name: Կտցար կաչաղակ
Eurasian Oystercatcher

See Plate 24 for Eurasian Oystercatcher and other similar species

Resident Status: Migrant
Abundance: Rare
Length:40-45 cm, Wing Span:80-86 cm
Distribution Map: Map 109.
Description: Stout long-billed sandpiper with a striking black-and-white pattern and bold white wing stripe in flight.
Adult: Red-orange bill, reddish eye, and pink legs.
Adult (Breeding): Black areas are glossy.
Adult (Non-breeding): White half-collar; black duller. H. o. longipes is brown-black rather than black and has a longer bill.
Juvenile: Browner than adult with grayish legs and bill.
Behavior: Direct and level flight. Feeds by probing in mud.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lake shores, rivers.
Food: Soft-bodied invertebrates.