The American oystercatcher lives in the coastal waters of North, South and Central America. In North America the American Oystercatcher is divided into two separate populations. The Atlantic birds range New England down through out the Atlantic Coast and the west across the Gulf Coast and into Texas, which is where I photographed this bird. The Pacific birds range from Baha California down the Pacific coast of Mexico and into the coastal waters of Central America. Oystercatcher can usually be sound searching in the surf for marine invertebrates to eat. Their large thick beak is an excellent tool for prying open oyster shells which is how they got their name.
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