Kōrero: 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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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10057275
Photograph by Geraldine Moore

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Oystercatchers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/9153/variable-oystercatcher-feeding (accessed 20 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015