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Charadriiformes > Haematopodidae

American Oystercatcher

Haematopus palliatus

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Large, bulky, black-and-white shorebird with thick red bill. Exclusively coastal; favors beaches where it feeds on shellfish and other invertebrates. Gathers in flocks in migration and winter. Listen for loud, series of high-pitched, drawn-out whistles.

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