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The African Oystercatcher or African Black Oystercatcher, (Haematopus moquini) is a large wader which is a resident breeder on the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa. This oystercatcher has a population of less than 5,000 adults.
The African Black Oystercatcher is a large and noisy plover-like bird, with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill used for smashing or prying open molluscs such as mussels and limpets. The sexes are similar in appearance, however, females have a slightly longer beak than males. Juveniles are browner than adults.
The African Black Oystercatcher is unmistakable in flight with its all-dark plumage. The call is a distinctive loud piping, very similar to Common Pied Oystercatcher. That migratory species can occur as a vagrant in southern Africa, but its black-and-white plumage makes confusion impossible.
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- African (Black) Oystercatcher - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds.
- BirdLife Species Factsheet