Eurasian Oystercatcher
Haematopus ostralegus

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"Eurasian Oystercatcher," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) also known as the Common Pied Oystercatcher, or (in Europe) just Oystercatcher, is a wader in the oystercatcher bird family Haematopodidae. It is the most widespread of the oystercatchers, with three races breeding in western Europe, central Eurasia, Kamchatka, China, and the western coast of Korea. No other oystercatcher occurs within this area.The Oystercatcher is one of the largest waders in the region. It is 4045 centimetres (1618 in) long (bill 89 cm) with a wing-span 8085 centimetres (3133 in).They are obvious and noisy plover-like birds, with black and white plumage, red legs and strong broad red bills used for smashing or prising open molluscs such as mussels or for finding earthworms. Despite its name, oysters do not form a large part of its diet. The bird still lives up to its name, as few if any other wading birds are capable of opening oysters at all.