Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve
Date Photo Taken: September 22, 2006
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Pied Oystercatchers at St Heliers Beach
Common bird on seashores in south and west Finland.
The oystercatchers are a group of waders forming the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide apart from the polar regions and some tropical regions of Africa and South East Asia. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher and the South Island Oystercatcher, both of which breed inland, far inland in some cases. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species...