Oystercatchers are large shorebirds with medium-length legs and long, orange bills. The only species recorded in Galapagos, American Oystercatcher, has a distinctive black and white plumage. The sexes are alike.
The American Oystercatcher is an uncommon resident of the Islands: endemic subspecies galapagensis. Population probably numbers around 200 pairs and they are confined to rocky shores, sandy beaches and coastal lagoons. The American Oystercatcher breeds mainly from October and March.
A large, unmistakable wader with black head and neck, dark brown upper parts, white under parts, long orange bill and rather short, pink legs. In flight shows prominent white wing-bar and white rump contrasting with black rail.
A distinctive, shrill piping "kket".
Usually found in pairs and not afraid of humans. Commonly seen during a Galapagos cruise.