Eurasian Oystercatcher

The Eurasian Oystercatcher is a large, black and white wading bird found in coastal regions of Europe and Asia. Adults measure approximately 17-19 inches in length and have a wingspan of around 37-40 inches. They weigh between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds, with males being slightly larger than females.

The Eurasian Oystercatcher is easily recognizable by its striking black and white plumage. Its head, neck, and underparts are white, while its back, wings, and tail are black. The bill is long, straight, and bright red. This bird has a loud, piercing call that is often heard along the coast.

Eurasian Oystercatchers are migratory birds, with some populations traveling long distances to breed and winter. Birds that breed in northern Europe and Asia migrate south for the winter, while those that breed in southern Europe and Asia are mostly resident year-round. In the UK, birds that breed in Scotland and Scandinavia migrate to southern England, France, Spain, and Portugal for the winter.

During breeding season, Eurasian Oystercatchers can be found in coastal habitats, including rocky and sandy shores, mudflats, and salt marshes. They nest on the ground, typically laying two or three eggs in a scrape or shallow depression. Both parents incubate the eggs and take turns feeding the chicks.

Eurasian Oystercatchers are primarily carnivorous, feeding on a variety of invertebrates, including mollusks, crustaceans, and worms. They are also known to eat small fish and occasionally feed on plant matter. These birds use their long bill to probe and extract food from the substrate or to break open shells.

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