MagellanicOystercatcher

June 23, 2017 – Magellanic Oystercatcher (Haematopus leucopodus)

These oystercatchers are found from southern Chile and Argentina to Cape Horn, as well as in the Falkland Islands. They eat a variety of marine and terrestrial invertebrates, including mussels, limpets, crabs, marine polychaetes, insect larvae, and earthworms. Their nests are scrapes in the sand or on kelp, sometimes near plants or on grassy hills. Females do most of the incubation while males defend the nest sites, sometimes assisting with incubation. Both parents feed the chicks, continuing for several months after they fledge.

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