Scientific name:

Haematopus finschi

(Martens 1897)
Haematopus – Latin; haematopus bloodfoot – from the Greek; haima blood; pous foot.
finschi – After Professor Dr Friedrich Hermann Otto Finsch (1839-1917).

South Island Pied Oystercatcher


South Island Pied Oystercatcher Fact File

Distribution: Coastal and inland South Island, New Zealand, winters also on North Island coasts.

Conservation Status: Least Concern: (NZ At Risk)

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Current conservation efforts




All photographs taken by Elis Simpson – Wader Quest