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