Story: Wading birds

South Island pied oystercatcher with eggs

This South Island pied oystercatcher is nesting in the Cass valley, a typical stony riverbed of inland Canterbury’s Southern Alps. The nest consists of a shallow scrape, and the eggs are well camouflaged. This makes them inconspicuous to predatory birds, but vulnerable to careless crushing by drivers and stock that use the river flats as a thoroughfare.

Listen to the pied oystercatcher’s call, with paradise shelducks in the background.

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Photograph by Rod Morris

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How to cite this page:

Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Oystercatchers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015