African Black Oystercatcher

The African Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini) sometimes known as just African Oystercatcher, is a species of wading bird that is found along the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa. This species has a population of less than 5000 adults. Its scientific name commemorates the French naturalist Alfred Moquin-Tandon.

This is a large plover-like bird. It has completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill. Sexes are similar in appearance, but the young are browner than adults. It uses its bill for smashing or prying open mollusks, or for finding earthworms. In flight it is unmistakable with its all-dark plumage. The call is a loud piping.

The nest is a bare scrape on pebbles or shingles, 2 to 4 eggs are laid by the female, and both parents incubate the eggs.

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