TōreaSouth Island pied oystercatcher

Conservation status
In some trouble

These obvious and noisy plover-like birds have long orange or red bills used for smashing or prying open molluscs. When they are not using their bills to prey on limpets, mussels, gastropods, and chitons, you will hear their loud piping displays warning off other birds from feeding and breeding in their areas.

South Island Pied Oystercatcher

Photo: Craig McKenzie