Scientific name:

Haematopus ater

(Vieillot & Oudart 1825)
Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot
ater– Latin; ater black, dark, dull black.

Blackish Oystercatcher


Blackish Oystercatcher Fact File

Distribution: West coasts of South America from northern Peru south through Chile to Tierra del Fuego and then north along the Atlantic coast to south-central Argentina and Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas).

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Current conservation efforts





All photographs taken by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest