Scientific name:

Haematopus chathamensis

(Hartert 1927 ‘Haematopus ostralegus chathamensis’)
Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot.
chathamensis– Chatham Islands, Pacific Ocean.

Chatham Oystercatcher


Chatham Oystercatcher Fact File

Distribution: Chatham Islands New Zealand.

Conservation Status: Endangered: (NZ Critically Endangered)

Subspecies: None – Monotypic; This species was split from Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor) in 1990.

Current conservation efforts





With thanks to the following photographers: Dave Boyle