Variable Oystercatcher (48cm)

This bird is endemic to New Zealand and is about 1/3rd heavier than the Pied Oystercatcher. It varies in colour from black to pied and has a larger bill.

They breed on rocky and sandy coasts from September to February.

There are only a small number of these birds compared to Pied Oystercatchers but they are easy to pick out when together being bigger in size and mostly black.