Mallard Duck
Anas platyrhynchos
Family Anatidae
Subfamily Anatinae

A large shorebird, easily identified by its conspicuous bright, red bill, the American Oystercatcher is found exclusively on coastlines. As its name suggests, it feeds on clams, oysters, and mussels, using its bill to snatch them.

Identifying Tips (both sexes):

  • Black head
  • Brown back
  • Large, straight red bill
  • White belly
  • Large white wingstripe and tail patch
  • Legs stocky and dull pink
  • Size: 40-44 cm (16-17 in)
  • Weight: 400-700 g (14.12-24.71 ounces)
  Adult male  

Voice: Loud, clearly whistled kleep!

Habitat: Coastal beaches, tidal flats, and salt marshes.

Range: The American Oystercatcher can be found all along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Interesting Facts: The Osprey diet is 99% live fish, making it a fish specialist. The soles of its feet feature barbed pads which help it grip onto slippery fish. When in flight with a fish, the Osprey will carry its prey headfirst so that it will be more aerodynamic.



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