Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot.
longirostris – Latin; longus long; –rostris -billed (rostrum bill).
Pied Oystercatcher Fact File
Distribution: coastal Australia and Moluccas
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Subspecies: None – Monotypic
Current conservation efforts
Together with the Sooty Oystercatcher, Beach Stone-curlew, Red-capped Plover and Hooded Plover, the Pied Oystercatcher is protected as part of BirdLife Australia’s “Beach-nesting Birds project”. This long running project was established in 2006 to:
- Raise awareness among beach users about beach-nesting birds
- Train local volunteers to monitor beach-nesting birds, identify threats and improve management
- Protect eggs and chicks through temporary fencing, signage, artificial shelters
- Research new ways of protecting birds and improving breeding success
Read more about how this excellent incentive is helping these beach-nesting birds:
All photographs taken by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest