Eurasian Oystercatcher
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Winter)
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Summer)
Scientific Name 
Haematopus ostralegus
Arabic Name 
آكل المحار
Kuwaiti name 
83.0 cm
43.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant; uncommon winter and summer visitor. Familiar and easily identified coastal wader throughout its wide range.
Where in Kuwait 
It is well known as a coastal species and is easily recognised by virtue of its large size and combination of black and white plumage, long, bright orange-red bill and sometimes forms wintering and migrant flocks; up to 250 at Doha in Kuwait Bay in early September 1993.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a decreasing population. Most populations of this species are fully migratory with inland breeders moving to the coast for the winter.
Local threats 
Oil pollution and loss of habitat due to land reclamation, pollution, human disturbance.