Variable Oystercatcher (species: Haematopus unicolor) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Haematopus unicolor
Variable Oystercatcher

©Tony Wills: Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor) mottled variant

©Jörg Hempel: Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor) black variant
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Haematopodidae
Genus Haematopus
Species Haematopus unicolor
Status least concern

Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Interesting facts

  • They can open a shellfish by either hammering a hole in it or getting the bill between the two shells (of a bivalve) and twisting them apart. (Wikipedia)


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is endemic to New Zealand. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: uncommon

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.