African Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus moquini (near-threatened & near endemic)

This noisy, near-threatened wader is an iconic part of South Africa’s coastline. With its all black plumage and red beak and eye-ring, this near endemic species is easy to locate as well as identify.

This dumpy wader is a common resident in front of our parent’s home in Llandudno, Cape Town and we first recorded them there in June 2010.


African Black Oystercatcher / Betty’s Bay, South Africa African Black Oystercatcher / Llandudno, South Africa / 28 January 2014 African Black Oystercatcher / Betty’s Bay, South Africa African Black Oystercatcher / Llandudno, South Africa / 28 January 2014 African Black Oystercatcher / Betty’s Bay, South Africa African Black Oystercatcher / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 African Black Oystercatcher / Betty’s Bay, South Africa African Black Oystercatcher – male & female / Betty’s Bay, South Africa African Black Oystercatcher / Llandudno, South Africa African Black Oystercatcher / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013
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