Scientific name:

Haematopus palliatus

(Temminck 1820)
Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot.
palliatus – Latin; palliatus cloaked (pallium cloak).

American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher Fact File

Distribution: Widespread on the coasts of North and South America

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Subspecies: Two

H. p. palliatus: (Temminck 1820) Latin; palliatus cloaked (pallium cloak) – Coastal regions of south-east Canada, eastern USA to southern South America and the West Indies
H. p. galapagensis: (Ridgway 1886) Galápagos Islands – Galápagos Islands


Frazar’s Oystercatcher’ = American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus x Black Oystercatcher H. bachmani Brewster1888


Current conservation efforts





All photographs by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest