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Magellanic oystercatcher

(Haematopus leucopodus)

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Description

The Magellanic oystercatcher (Haematopus leucopodus) is a species of wader in the family Haematopodidae.It is found in Argentina,Chile and the Falkland Islands in freshwater lake and sandy shore habitats.The Magellanic oystercatcher has a length between 42 and 46 cm (17 and 18 in).The male weighs around 600 g (21 oz) and the female is a little heavier.This bird has a long,orange beak,yellow eye and eye ring,and yellow legs.The head,breast,back,wings and tail are black and the underparts are white,as are the feathers on the inner part of the wing which can be seen in flight.It is very similar in appearance to the American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus),but can be distinguished by the yellow ring of bare skin that surrounds its yellow eye and the white secondary feathers.No other species of oystercatcher has these two features,and it is also the only New World species to have a black rather than a brown back.The call is similar to other oystercatchers,a repeated high-pitched "pee-pee".

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Haematopodidae
Genus:Haematopus
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