|Site Of Nest:
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
white underneath. The bill shape varies; oystercatchers with broad bill
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 on the prey. Thus when birds move
inland to breed and thus shift from feeding on molluscs to worms their
shape changes from flat to pointed. Legs are Red.
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