South Island Pied Oystercatcher (species: Haematopus finschi) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Haematopus finschi
South Island Pied Oystercatcher

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Haematopodidae
Genus Haematopus
Species Haematopus finschi
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has striking black and white plumage, long red-orange bill and red legs. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 46 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 86 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is endemic to New Zealand where it breeds inland on the South Island, after which most of the population moves to estuaries and harbours on the North Island. It has been recorded occasionally as a vagrant on Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island and the eastern coast of mainland Australia. (Wikipedia)

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