Oytster Catcher (Torea)


Oyster catchers are mainly coastal and estuary birds although they do nest inland in the forest and on farms. They are common throughout NZ.


In NZ we have three species of Oyster catchers Pied, Variable and Chatham Islands. They are most easily identified from the thick, straight, 4 or 5 centimeter red beaks and black plumage.


Wikipedia, TeAra Encyclopedia, NZBirds.com, Vic Uni Electronic Text Centre


Oyster catchers are common throughout the world although NZ has three endemic species. In summer they can be found poking around in shallow salt water for a wider diet then their name indicates. The name is more associated with the skillful way they break into oyster shells to get at the soft, edible bits.

Oyster Catcher
Oyster Catcher

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