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With many tricks up their sleeves Australian Pied Oyster-catcher

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There are 18-25 breeding pairs of pied oyster-catchers on the Island. They are territorial birds and nest above the high tide level or on the cliffs looking over their area.  

These birds feed on the beaches where the waves wash up and down. As the water retreats, they run down the beach looking for holes in the sand. These holes show where molluscs, worms or snails might be hidden. Their strong red bill is well adapted for this. 

Where you can find a Australian Pied Oyster-catcher

Conservation Status

Not listed under ICUN (2014). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

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