Haematopus longirostris, Pied Oystercatcher, Kedidir Belang

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Haematopus longirostris, Pied Oystercatcher, Kedidir Belang

The Pied OysterHaematopus longirostris, Pied Oystercatcher, Kedidir Belangcatcher, Haematopus longirostris, is a species of oystercatcher. It is a wading bird native to Australia and commonly found on its coastline. The similar South Island Pied Oystercatcher (H. finschi) occurs in New Zealand.
The name “oystercatcher” is something of a misnomer for this species, because they seldom eat oysters, which are found mainly on rocky coastlines. Pied Oystercatchers frequent sandy coastlines, where they feed mainly on bivalve mollusks, which are prised apart with their specially adapted bill.

This Australian species is easily recognized by the characteristic 5?8 cm long orange-red beak, slender pink legs and black and white plumage. With the wings extended, a white wing-stripe is also visible. The male and female show little differentiation, except that the males generally sport a shorter, wider beak.
[edit] Habits

Pied Oystercatchers feed mainly on bivalve mollusks, but also take other invertebrates. The techniques they use to break open the shells of the mollusks vary greatly and are thought to be learned behavior.

They nest in shallow scrapes made in open areas near the shore and produce 2-3 eggs in a typical clutch. Each couple protects its nesting area and often uses the same area year after year. Like the gulls they share the shore with, Oystercatchers will band together to mob a perceived threat.

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