coast or on inland gravelly islands.
None. Just a scrape on the ground.
Mussels and cockles on the coast; mainly worms inland.
Either all-black, or black (or dark brown) on top and
The bill shape varies; oystercatchers with broad
tips open molluscs by prising them apart or hammering
through the shell, whereas pointed-bill birds dig up worms.
Much of this is due to the wear resulting from feeding
the prey. Thus when birds move inland to breed and
shift from feeding on molluscs to worms their bill shape
changes from flat to pointed. Legs are Red. White Collar: The white collar is quite complicated as seen in
this Scientific report.
It could be that the white collar prevents interaction between
breeding and non-breeding birds when adults nest on the shore
and share feeding grounds with summer immatures.
2 to 4 (but usually 3) cream eggs, spotted with brown. View