American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

What a difference in behavior to the European Oystercatcher!

The European Oystercatcher is extraordinarily vocal and territorial. Here they are heard now and then, and their “song contests” are short lived, even though they are nesting.
I assume this is due to few individuals in the vicinity, and that a denser population would call for louder vocalizations.

I wonder what their behavior is when the chicks are roaming around? The European is almost unbearable, as any movement – familiar or not – immediately activates the rapid and high-pitched calls.

It nests the same way as the European – out in the open – which means there is no shade!

It will have to endure temperatures up to 40 celsius, which is incredible. You will see it panting to cool down.
I’m amazed that such a small body is able to cope!

It sounds like this:


Last updated on 6 April 2023