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Oystercatcher

What am I?

I am a wading bird.

Where do I come from?

I migrate here for the winter from Norway with some of my friends coming from Iceland and the Faroe Islands. You may however see some other Oystercatchers in the UK who stay year round. 

A bit about me

I love to make a lot of noise and my call is a high-pitched squeak known as a 'peep-ing' call. I'm a great bird for birdwatching beginners because I'm easy to identify with my white and black feathers, pink legs and bright red beak. I spend much of my time feeding on the coast, but at hightide you might spot me on nearby grassland.

Fun fact

Despite my name, when I am in the UK I don't actually eat many oysters! My diet, in fact, is made up of other shellfish such as cockles and mussels, and sometimes even worms.

Conservation status

I'm  amber listed in the UK

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