Variable oystercatcherTōrea pango

Conservation status
Doing OK

Variable oystercatcher is the party leader species representing all of the adorable oystercatcher species in Aotearoa. Always focused on food, the variable oystercatchers work the beach and mudflats. Opening bivalve shellfish is tough when you are twisting with a bill or hammering a hole in the shell. Watching the adults teach their young this skill provides a constant source of amusement.

Variable oystercatcher

Photo: Craig McKenzie