Scientific name:

Haematopus meadewaldoi

(Bannerman 1913 ‘Haematopus niger meade-waldoi’)
Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot.
meadewaldoi – After Edmund Gustavus Bloomfield Meade-Waldo (1855-1934)

Canary Islands Oystercatcher


Canary Islands Oystercatcher Fact File


Distribution: Eastern Canary Islands, Africa.

Conservation Status: Extinct – Last confirmed record 1913.

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Further Reading: Hunting Ghosts; between the desert and the deep blue sea

Current conservation efforts



Given that the Canary Islands Oystercatcher is formally extinct, very few images exist of the bird. The painting used above is from An Ornithological Expedition to the Eastern Canary Islands – Part I published in the quarterly journal of Ornithology –  IBIS. VOL. II. Tenth Series 1914.

The image below is of a skin from the Tring bird collection at the British National History Museum.


Canary Island Oystercatcher