Scientific name:

Haematopus moquini

(Bonaparte 1856)
Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot.
moquini – After Christian Horace Bénédict Alfred Moquin-Tanden (1804-1863).

African Oystercatcher


African Oystercatcher Fact File


Distribution: Southern and south-western coasts of Africa from northern Namibia to Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Conservation Status: Least Concern – downgraded from Near Threatened in 2015

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Current conservation efforts

The African Oystercatcher is near-endemic to South Africa. Whilst its status has changed to ‘Least Concern on the IUCN list, the species still faces threats from disturbance on beaches where it nests. Nature Valley Trust and BirdLife South Africa are working in partnership to run #Share the Shores. This campaign is designed to raise awareness of the African Oystercatcher and educate people using nesting beaches about how they can do this without disturbing the birds.

The African Oystercatcher has also been chosen as Birdlife South Africa’s ‘Bird of the Year’ for 2018. For more information about the campaign and to download education material, click on the logos below.


African Oystercatcher - BirdLife South Africa


African Oystercatcher - Nature Valley Trust




With thanks to the following photographers: Dick Daniels

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