Did You Know? Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher’s Birthday: June 16 is Sweet Sixteenth

Black OystercatcherHave you seen our Black Oystercatcher? If you visit the Living Coast’s Shorebird Aviary, you’ll know him by his distinct black body, large orange beak, and loud call. Oystercatchers use their beaks to pry oysters and limpets off of rocks. They also eat fish and invertebrates.

Oystercatchers can be found from Alaska to Baja California. Did You Know— their feathers get lighter the farther south you find them?

If you visit the Living Coast on June 16th, make sure to visit the Black Oystercatcher in the Shorebird Aviary – and wish him a Happy Birthday (or Hatching Day) — it’s his Sweet Sixteenth! Here’s a link to that distinct Oystercatcher call.

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