Haematopus ostralegus Linnaeus, 1758 - Eurasian Oystercatcher

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)
 

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Haematopus ostralegus - Eurasian Oystercatcher



This species is uncommon. It inhabits inland wetlands and coastal marshes. It is migratory and it has three breeding flyway populations, first from Scandinavia to Russia, second from Central Russia to India, and third from East Russia to China, and wintering in southeast Asia. It breeds during April-July, in pairs or small groups. It mostly forages on marine invertebrates (BirdLife International 2019). 

Conservation Status:  .
 
This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 500,000-999,999 individuals. The threats to its persistence come from over-fishing and wintering habitat disturbance due to human encroachments (BirdLife International 2019).
 

 

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat1
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra3110512
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total3110513
BirdLife International 2019. Haematopus ostralegus . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22693613A154998347. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22693613A154998347.en. Accessed on 14 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Haematopus ostralegus Linnaeus, 1758 – Eurasian Oystercatcher. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/haematopus-ostralegus, accessed 2024/06/25.