Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)

Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) - HBW 3, p. 323

French: Huîtrier à long bec German: Australischer Austernfischer Spanish: Ostrero Pío Australiano
Other common names: Pied Oystercatcher

Taxonomy: Haematopus longirostris Vieillot, 1817, New South Wales.
Sometimes considered conspecific with H. ostralegus. Occasional hybridization recorded with H. fuliginosus. Form H. ostralegus finschi frequently considered to be race of present species. Monotypic.

Distribution: Coasts of Australia and Tasmania; Aru Is and Kai Is (SE Moluccas); also occurs locally on S coast of New Guinea, where probably only non-breeding visitor.