Haematopus ostralegus

Haematopus ostralegus, Lin.

862. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 659 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. V, p. 212; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 427; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 234.

THE OYSTER CATCHER.

Length, 16 to 17 ; wing, 10; tail, 4; tarsus, 2 ; bill at front, 4.

Bill orange-yellow, dusky on culmen ; irides crimson-red; eyelids orange, with a small space of the lower eyelid plumed and white.

Whole head and neck, upper back, wings and tail, black ; lower back, rump, upper tail-coverts, and lower plumage from the breast, white; a broad wing-band formed by the greater-coverts also white.

Young birds are less pure black, with pale edges to the feathers, and after the first moult they are said to have a white collar all round the neck.

The Oyster Catcher is a cold weather visitant, and occurs all along the coast, but is not found inland.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Haematopus ostralegus
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
339
Common name: 
Oyster Catcher
M_ID: 
3951
M_CN: 
Eurasian Oystercatcher
M_SN: 
Haematopus ostralegus
id: 
11990

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