Story: Wading birds

Variable oystercatcher feeding

Variable oystercatcher feeding

Variable oystercatchers often feed by probing for molluscs, worms, crabs and other invertebrates. They break open bivalves such as mussels and cockles by stabbing between the two shells and twisting to get at the meat.

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Photograph by Geraldine Moore

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Oystercatchers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

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