Story: Estuaries

A handful of cockles

A handful of cockles

Tuangi, the New Zealand cockle, is one of the most common shellfish of estuaries. The specimens shown here are only half grown. Small cockles are favoured foods of wading birds such as oystercatchers, bar-tailed godwits and terns.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - Small animals of the estuary', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006