Scientific name:

Haematopus leucopodus

(Garnot 1826)
Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot.
leucopodus – Greek; leukopous, leukopodos white-footed (leukos white; pous, podos foot).

Magellanic Oystercatcher


Magellanic Oystercatcher Fact File

Distribution: Pacific coasts of South America, south from Chiloe Island southern Chile, to Tierra del Fuego then north along Atlantic coast, to south-central Argentina and the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas).

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Current conservation efforts





All photographs taken by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest